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Name: Edward William THOMPSON
Casualty No.: Ranks: Private Initials: E W Service No.: 16531
Date of Birth : - Place of Birth : Halfway Houses, Prudhoe, Northumberland. Age at Death: 24
Unit: 2nd Bn Scots Guards.
Former Unit(s):
Place Enlisted: Blaydon on Tyne, Co. Durham.
Place of Residence: Emmaville, West Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham.
Home Address: 55 Emmaville, West Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham.
Previous Address: 9 Townely Cottages, Barmoor, Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham. 11 Beech Grove Terrace, Crawcrook, Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham.
Civilian Employment: Putter/Stoneman at Emma Colliery.
How Died: Killed in action
Date of Death:
Place of Death: France
Locally Commemorated: Emma Colliery Memorial, Crawcrook, Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham.
UK Commemorated: -
Overseas Commemorated: -
Buried: Bermeries Communal Cemetery, Nord, France. II.B.15
Decoration and Medals:
Photographs: 2
Service Records: Yes
Death Notice/Obituary: Newcastle Evening Chronicle, 5th December 1918. Blaydon Courier, page 8, 14th December 1918.
Family Details:
Son of Edward Charlton Thompson, and Sarah Thompson (nee Moore) of 55 Emmaville, West Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham. Brothers: John W, Charlton, and George. Sisters: Dorothy, Mary, and Hannah.
Notes : Edward had started working at Emma Colliery on 22nd June 1908. He enlisted in the colours, 14th February 1917, but had actually left the pit on the 14th August 1915. He was a talented footballer, having success with a local team, the Spen Black n Whites. He signed for Fulham FC to play professional football. His career was cut short because of a knee injury and he returned to the coal mines of Co Durham. Edward's brother, Charlton, was killed in action on 10th April 1917, whilst serving with the 15th Bn Durham Light Infantry.
Sources Used: Commonwealth War Graves Commission Debt of Honour Register. Soldiers Died in the Great War. Emma Colliery Personnel Records at Durham County Records Office and Tyne and Wear Archives Service.
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