Albert Victor Hamp (1895-1985)

Albert Victor Hamp was apprenticed as a tailor to W.H. Stevens of 27 High Street in 1910. His indenture (from the collection of the late Norman Saving) is transcribed below:

This Indenture Witnesseth that Albert Victor Hamp doth put himself Apprentice to William Hall Stevens of Winslow Bucks to learn his Art trade or business and with him after the Manner of an Apprentice to serve from the 23rd day of September 1910 until the full End and Term of Four years and then next following to be fully complete and ended. During which Term the said Apprentice his Master faithfully shall serve his secrets keep his lawful commands gladly do he shall do no damage to his said Master nor see to be done of others but to the best of his power shall prevent or forthwith give warning to his said Master of the same he shall not waste the Goods of his said Master nor lend them unlawfully to any he shall not do any act whereby his said Master may have any loss with his own goods or others during the said Term without Licence of his said Master shall neither buy nor sell nor absent himself from his said Master service day or night unlawfully But in all things as a faithful Apprentice he shall behave himself towards his said Master and all during the said Term And the said William Hall Stevens shall pay the said Albert Victor Hamp two shillings weekly for the first year, three shillings and sixpence weekly for the second year, five shillings weekly for the third year, and six shillings and sixpence weekly for the fourth year, in addition to which he shall give him a Suit of Clothes (Coat Vest and trousers) each year and shall teach his said Apprentice in the Art trade or business of a Tailor which he uses by the best means that he can shall teach and Instruct or cause to be taught and instructed Finding unto the said Apprentice sufficient Meat Drink Lodging and all other necessaries during the said Term
WH Stevens [signature]
And for the true performance of all and every the said Covenants and Agreements either of the said Parties bindeth himself unto the other by these presents In Witness whereof the parties above named have hereunto set their Hands and Seals the twenty third day of September in the year of Our Lord One Thousand Nine Hundred and ten
Signed sealed and delivered by the above named
William Hall Stevens [signature] Albert Victor Hamp
In the presence of           George Pass [signature]
                                                Joseph Hamp [signature]

In 1911, Albert Victor Hamp was aged 15, living in Avenue Road (probably no.9) with his parents. In 1917. he was one of the many men from Winslow serving in the army, and at Whitsun they all received a card and parcel signed by George Pass, Winslow's schoolmaster and Organising Secretary of the Winslow Soldiers' and Sailors' Comforts Committee, with "Winslow's very best wishes and grateful thanks". His card happens to have survived.

Card sent to Albert Hamp

Albert Hamp was in the RAF in 1918 (the card doesn't show where he was in 1917 but he was in the Oxon & Bucks Light Infantry in 1916).

His parents were Joseph Hamp and Sarah Beckett and he had five siblings - Ernest Henrich Hamp (also a tailor), Catherine Oriana Hamp, George Ebbie Hamp, Daisy May Hamp and Annie Eliza Beckett Hamp. He survived the war, got married to Mabel Shepherd in Aylesbury in 1922, and died in 1985.

Thanks to Lucy Beckett and Stewart Walker for some of the information.

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