Rank: Second Lieutenant
Date of Death: 01/10/1916
Regiment/Service: London Regiment “D” Coy. 17th Bn.
Grave Reference VIII. F. 7.
Cemetery WARLENCOURT BRITISH CEMETERY
Born in 1893 at Woodford, the younger son of William T (salesman) and Lizzie A. Thompson of “Dunnottar,” Buckingham Road, South Woodford. His father died in 1911. An Old Bancroftian and prominent in the Old Bancroftian Association.
In 11-14 having passed his final examinations as a Chartered Accountant, he enlisted as a Private in the 14 London Regiment, serving for about one year before being Commissioned in 17 London Regiment. Posted to France in 12-15, he had been involved in heavy fighting, but was unhurt in spite of some near misses. He survived the action at High Wood.
01-10-16 saw the Battle of Le Transloy, in which Thompson’s Battalion attacked at Eaucourt L’Abbaye. They did not enjoy the support of two tanks like the 1/19 and 1/20 London Battalions, and were impeded by uncut barbed wire. The Battalion encountered machine gun fire some 400 yards from the enemy trenches, where Thompson was hit in the throat and wrist, being instantly Killed in Action. A German counter attack forced the Battalion to retreat.
Memorial: Roll of Honour St Mary’s Church. Bancroft’s School.
Separate Folder: NO.
Principal Sources: Ancestry. Woodford Times. The Bancroftian.
Qualification: Borough Resident.