Born at Hoole, the son of Mr & Mrs H.Sumpter, 1 Shavington Ave, Newton, Chester.
Had attended Arnold House School, and emigrated to Australia just prior to the Great War, returning to enlist on 16th February 1916 at West Hartlepool, Home address given as Malcolm House, Newton by Chester, and profession shown as Dairy Farmer.
On enlistment at the age of 24 years, his occupation was shown as ‘Dairy Farmer’, and his religion as Roman Catholic. He was 5’7” tall and had a 35 ½ ” chest.
Embarked to France at Folkestone on 15th June 1916, and suffered scabies and impetigo in October and November 1916. Killed in action on 1st August 1917.
The War Diary of the 10th Battalion states that on 1st August: The Battalion less B Company who remained in LEINSTER STREET trench relieved the 2nd Bn NORTHAMPTONSHIRE REGT in support of the newly captured BELLEWARDE RIDGE having moved up the previous night owing to the RIDGE being very heavily shelled the men were distributed in shell holes in front and behind of the ridge. It rained incessantly the whole day and our positions were very heavily shelled. The ground was in an extremely bad condition the mud being very thick and it was only possible to move about with difficulty. Our casualties were rather heavy but 2nd Lt HASTINGS, W.G. was the only officer killed. A number of officers were slightly wounded but all remained at duty. Stretcher bearers experienced great difficulty in getting stretcher cases away and our carrying party which had remained at HALFWAY HOUSE had difficulty getting water & rations to us. The shelling continued throughout the day and our Bn HQ which was a small concrete enemy OP came in for particular notice. We were to support to the 1st WILTS REGT who held the new front line on the WEST HOEK RIDGE’.
Next of kin shown as Mrs Sally Ann Sumpter. Also had a brother Henry, 2 Albert Street, Chester, and sisters Elizabeth Ann Woolley of Wheatley Hill, County Durham, and Sarah Moorhouse.
He was awarded the British War and Victory Medals, and is commemorated on the Menin Gate Memorial, Ypres.
He had been made Freeman of Chester on 26th April 1913 by birth.
Cheshire County Memorial Project would like to thank Chris Pate for this information on Andrew.