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:

  • Christchurch: Post Office cadet, 1908
  • Wellington Radio: Telegraphist, 1913
  • Chatham Islands Radio: Assistant Operator (one of two staff, the other being John L Davies) 1913 – ?
  • Wellington Radio: Telegraphist, 1915
  • Awarua Radio: Telegraphist, 1916
  • Military service: 1916-1918 1
  • Auckland Radio: Telegraphist 1918-1923
  • Supervisor – unattached 1924-1925, including at Rarotonga Radio
  • Awanui Radio: Time period unknown2
  • Wellington Radio: Superintendent, 1925-1926
  • Awarua Radio: Superintendent, 29 Oct 1926 – 19 Apr 1929
  • Wellington Radio: Superintendent, 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