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Name: Henry Oswald THOMPSON
Casualty No.: Ranks: Private Initials: H O Service No.: 6/611
Date of Birth : - Place of Birth : Fairless Street, Byker, Newcastle upon Tyne, Northumberland. Age at Death: 19
Unit: 1st/6th Bn Durham Light Infantry.
Former Unit(s):
Place Enlisted: Blaydon on Tyne, Co Durham, 7th April 1915.
Place of Residence: Emmaville, West Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham.
Home Address: 9 Emmaville, West Ryton on Tyne, Co Durham.
Previous Address: Emmaville Caravans, West Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham.
Civilian Employment: Pony putter at Emma Colliery.
How Died: Died of wounds
Date of Death: Tuesday 24th October 1916
Place of Death: Somme, France.
Battle/Campaign: Battles of the Somme, France, 1916.
Locally Commemorated: Ryton War Memorial, Station Bank, Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham. Emma Colliery Memorial, Crawcrook, Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham. Congregational Church Roll of Honour, Barmoor, Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham.
UK Commemorated: -
Overseas Commemorated: -
Buried: Becourt Military Cemetery, Somme, France. I.Y.16
Decoration and Medals:
Photographs: 2
Service Records: No
Death Notice/Obituary: Blaydon Courier, page 8, 27th January 1917.
Family Details:
Son of George Arthur and Mary Jane Thompson, of 9 Emmaville, West Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham. Brother: George Robert. Sisters: Elizabeth, May, and Lydia Elizabeth.
Notes : Henry started his working life at Emma Colliery, 14th August 1911. He left to join the colours on 7th April 1915. Henry's father, Lance Corporal George Arthur Thompson, served with the 23rd Bn Northumberland Fusiliers (4th Tyneside Scottish) and was awarded the Military Medal for bravery during the Battle of Arras. He was a hewer at Emma Colliery before the war. Henry's brother, George Robert Thompson, served with the Durham Light Infantry and was captured in November 1916 and became a prisoner of war. George also worked at Emma Colliery as a pony putter. Relatives of the family were Charlton Thompson, killed in action on 10th April 1917, whilst serving with the Durham Light Infantry, and Edward William Thompson, who was killed in action on 6th November 1918, whilst serving with the Scots Guards.
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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