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Name: George Lyall THOMPSON
Casualty No.: Ranks: Stoker 1st Class Initials: G L Service No.: P/KX87321
Date of Birth : - Place of Birth : Age at Death: 39
Unit: HMS Wivern, Royal Navy.
Former Unit(s):
Place Enlisted:
Place of Residence: Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham.
Home Address: Thorpe Avenue, Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham.
Previous Address: Whitewell Lane, Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham.
Civilian Employment:
How Died: Died of wounds
Date of Death: Friday 19th July 1940
Place of Death: Royal Naval Hospital, Kent.
Battle/Campaign: Dunkirk evacuation, France, 1940.
Locally Commemorated: -
UK Commemorated: Ryton War Memorial, Station Bank, Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham.
Overseas Commemorated: -
Buried: Ryton Cemetery, Hexham Old Road, Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham.
Decoration and Medals: 1939-45 Star. War Medal. Long Service and Good Conduct Medal.
Photographs: 1
Service Records: No
Death Notice/Obituary: Newcastle Evening Chronicle, 25th July 1940.
Family Details:
Son of Mr. and Mrs. William John Thompson, of Whitewell Lane, Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham. Husband of Mrs. Thompson, of Thorpe Avenue, Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham. Two children. Brothers: Allan, Robert, Edwell, and Thomas. Brother in law: Michael Jordan.
Notes : George had a career of over 18 years serving with the Royal Navy and had received the Long Service and Good Conduct Medal in 1937. It was during the Dunkirk evacuation that George was wounded and he later died in a Kent hospital. It was reported in a local newspaper at the time that the Thompson family had a brilliant family record of service in the armed forces. His brother, Allan, had been posted as missing in action. The other brothers also served in the forces during the war. Robert was an Instructor Sergeant Major serving in India. Edwell served in Egypt and Thomas with the RAF. A brother in law, Michael Jordan, lost his life in December 1939, whilst serving with the Royal Navy.
Sources Used: Commonwealth War Graves Commission Debt of Honour Register.
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