Harry Hampton was in command of a small party of mounted infantry at Van Wyk's Vlei, South Africa on 21 August 1900. He held an important position for some time against heavy odds, and, when compelled to retire, saw all his men into safety. Although he had been wounded in the head, he supported L-Corpl. Walsh, who had also been badly wounded and was unable to walk.
Unfortunately whilst being supported by Sergeant Hampton, the lance-corporal was hit again, and killed. Sergeant Hampton also received another wound some time later. He became Colour-Sergeant, was Sergeant Instructor in Musketry, and was discharged on pension. His was one of three VC's won by his regiment in as many days.