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Name: Samuel Goodwin THOMPSON
Casualty No.: Ranks: Third Engineer Initials: S G Service No.:
Date of Birth : - Place of Birth : Age at Death: 19
Unit: SS Heworth (Newcastle), Merchant Navy.
Former Unit(s):
Place Enlisted:
Place of Residence: Crawcrook, Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham.
Home Address: West Ryton and Crawcrook Social Club, Poplar House, Main Street, Crawcrook, Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham.
Previous Address:
Civilian Employment:
How Died: Died of wounds
Date of Death: Tuesday 16th July 1940
Place of Death: In hospital, Suffolk.
Battle/Campaign:
Locally Commemorated: Ryton War Memorial, Station Bank, Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham. Emma Colliery Memorial, Crawcrook, Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham. St John's Church, Roll of Honour, Greenside, Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham.
UK Commemorated: -
Overseas Commemorated: -
Buried: Ryton Cemetery, Hexham Old Road, Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham.
Decoration and Medals: 1939-45 Star. War Medal.
Photographs: 1
Service Records: No
Death Notice/Obituary: Newcastle Evening Chronicle, Roll of Honour, 18th July 1940. Blaydon Courier, 25th July 1940.
Family Details:
Son of Cuthbert and Margaret Thompson, of West Ryton and Crawcrook Social Club, Poplar House, Main Street, Crawcrook, Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham.
Notes : Samuel's parents were Steward and Stewardess of Crawcrook Social Club, situated on Main Street. Samuel was a former student at Sunderland Technical College and all of his Mercantile Marine training was done at Sunderland. His father was well known in the Sunderland district, as he had been employed as a Steward at Castletown Social Club for many years. He had also been a former licensee at Fatfield, Co. Durham. Samuel was on his first voyage as a third engineer, having previously sailed as a fourth engineer. He died as a result of horrific burns and scalds sustained when his ship was attacked by enemy aircraft. A bomb managed to penetrate and explode in the engine room killing the Captain of the ship. At his funeral six members of Crawcrook Social Club Committee acted as under bearers with other club officials and members also present.
Sources Used: Commonwealth War Graves Commission Debt of Honour Register.
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