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Mr Ian B F C Hampton

THE RECENT passing of Mr Ian Beverley Francis Calladine Hampton at the age of 83, has robbed the world of dogs of one its greatest supporters and administrators of recent years.

A tireless worker for the West of England Ladies’ Kennel Society as show manager and latterly its treasurer, his wife Olga who survives him was its secretary for many years and remains the society’s Patron.

He was a member of the Kennel Club General Committee for many years until the ‘age rule’ retired him in 1995.

A former teacher and a stickler for detail he was chairman of Stratford-on-Avon C S for 30 years and was also chairman of the Mid Western Gundog Society which held its shows at Cirencester for many years. He also held seniors posts in the English Springer Spaniel Club and on various Kennel Club committees over the years.

He and his wife Olga met in the war years whilst working at the RAF ‘war dogs’ school in Gloucestershire and were married in 1944. It was there that their interest in English Springer was set in stone and in their own Larkstoke line they sought to combine beauty with working ability. He awarded CCs in the breed for the first time in the mid sixties and was a sought after gundog specialist going on to judge the group.

He also gave an admirable commentary on the groups at shows, particularly at WELKS and the LKA in latter years.

Amongst his many friends and acquaintances at his funeral was LKA Secretary Miss Sybil Churchill who gave the following eulogy:-

‘Ian was born on 28 June 1920 and spent his early years in Kent. In 1940 he joined the RAF Volunteer Reserve and two years later was seconded to the Services Guard Dog Training School then based in Cheltenham under the command of Lt Colonel JY Baldwin - a name synonymous with the Alsatian breed of dog.

‘The war over Ian decided to train for the teaching profession and early in that career he and Olga ventured on a brief assignment to Ethiopia but life there was not to their liking and after returning to England Ian spent many years as a schoolmaster on the Glos -Warwickshire borders. His last 13 years in the profession were spent with the Warwickshire Education Authority in an adminstrative role dealing with the in-service training of young teachers.

‘He was a very good shot and a patient handler of his own trained dogs. I have known Ian for over 40 years the link being my involvement with the West of England Ladies’ Kennel Society known to all in the sport as WELKS. For many years he had helped with the society’s finances especially at show time and in 1968 he was elected Treasurer, an office he held until a few months ago when ill health forced his retirement. His management and care of WELKS financial affairs was meticulous in every way and his presentation of budgets and accounts were up to a professional standard. Ian certainly kept a tight rein on our purse strings and the present healthy state of the society is in no small way due to his stewardship.

‘For 20 years Olga was WELKS secretary and Ian’s support of her in that office was absolute. As a champion show judge of over 20 breeds in the Gundog group Ian was much in demand at home and abroad. He was one of the very few judges to judge his own breed - English Springers at Crufts on separate occasions and in 1993 judged the Gundog group at the show when the dog he selected as winner went on the win best in show.

‘Ian was a gentleman of the highest integrity, with a wealth of sound common sense, greatly respected in his profession and his hobby - the very best sort of dog person and withal a great sense of humour and unfailing old fashioned courtesy. He was also a very modest person. We in the dog world and especially the WELKS will miss hi m sorely.’

His funeral was held last week at Oakley Wood Crematorium in Warwickshire. There were no flowers by request but donations can be sent in his memory to Dogs For The Disabled, c/o Allen & Son, High Street, Moreton-in-Marsh, GL56 0AF, tel 01608-650633.