James H Hampton

James Henry HamptonJames Henry Hampton was assistant wireless operator when the Chatham Islands wireless station opened in 1913. He wrote about the islands in a 1913 letter to the Ellesmere Guardian.

Born: 20 Apr 1891 at Canterbury
Died: 16 Jan 1962 at Wellington

Worked at:

  • Chatham Islands Radio: Assistant Operator (one of two staff, the other being John L Davies) 1913 – ?
  • Military service: 1916-1918 1
  • Auckland Radio following discharge from military
  • Rarotonga Radio (details unknown)
  • Awanui Radio 2
  • Awarua Radio: Manager 1926-1929
  • Wellington Radio: Manager 1929-1942
  • Suva: Controller of Pacific Communications, 6 Dec 1942 – 30 Mar 1944. In 1945, he was granted the rank of Hon Major in the NZ Military Forces for this period.
  • Retired, and lived in Farm Rd, Northland

JH Hampton served as Master of the Masonic Lodge – Karori 247 in Wellington. 3

Evening Star (Dunedin), 24 December 1917

One of the returned men who got to Wellington last night is Mr James Henry Hampton. He was serving at the Awarua wireless station when volunteers were asked for from the wireless staffs, and he at once offered and was accepted. After strenuous service in the East he got prostrated by a heat stroke in Mesopotamia. He is joining his relatives at Southbridge, Canterbury.


  1. Military record
  2. SJW Harris: Awanui Radio – Close link with Apia. Katipo, June 1970
  3. Last will and testament of Doris Hampton, widow of James Hampton