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Name: Thomas THOMPSON
Casualty No.: Ranks: Lance Sergeant Initials: T Service No.: 12730 (formerly 17186)
Date of Birth : - Place of Birth : Sherburn, Co. Durham. Age at Death: 28
Unit: 1st Bn Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers.
Former Unit(s): 17186 Border Regiment.
Place Enlisted: Chester le Street, Co Durham, 1910.
Place of Residence: Pelton, Co. Durham.
Home Address: 90 Mole Street, Pelton, Co. Durham.
Previous Address:
Civilian Employment:
How Died: Killed in action
Date of Death: Saturday 1st July 1916
Place of Death: Somme, France, Western Front.
Battle/Campaign: Battles of the Somme, France, 1916.
Locally Commemorated: Ryton War Memorial, Station Bank, Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham.
UK Commemorated: -
Overseas Commemorated: Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France.
Buried: No known grave
Decoration and Medals:
Photographs: 2
Service Records: No
Death Notice/Obituary: Blaydon Courier, page 8, 11th November 1916.
Family Details:
Son of the late Edward and Mary Ann Thompson, of 8 Whitewell Terrace, Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham. Husband of Margaretta Thompson, of 90 Mole Street, Pelton, Co. Durham. Brothers: Ned, Adam, and John. Sisters: Annie, and Lizzie.
Notes : Thomas had sent a letter to his wife from Gallipoli dated 12th September 1915. Because of the scarcity of writing paper there at the time, the letter was written on the reverse side of the labels from condensed milk. Thomas goes on to explain about the dangers of Turkish snipers, the constant shelling, the cold weather, the snakes, and the flies. Thomas's stepbrother, John, died of pneumonia at Haslar Royal Naval Hospital, Gosport, Hampshire, on 2nd December 1918. He was serving as a Stoker with the Royal Navy and serving on HMS Furious.
Sources Used: Commonwealth War Graves Commission Debt of Honour Register. Soldiers Died in the Great War. Information from family member.
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