Thompson, Alexander (No. 1623)

Thompson, Alexander

Rifleman

No. 1623, 8th/9th Battalion, Royal Irish Rifles

Killed on active service on Friday 23 November 1917 (aged 21)

No known grave

Commemorated:

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Cambrai Memorial, Louverval, France (Panel 10)

Journey of Remembering Belfast Book of Honour

BIOGRAPHY

In September 1918 it was reported in the Press that Rifleman Alexander Thompson, Royal Irish Rifles was a son of Mrs Sarah Thompson of 110 Woodvale Avenue, Belfast.  Initially he had been posted as missing in action, and, in September 1918, he was officially presumed to have been killed in action.  The report stated that, prior to enlistment, he had worked for Messrs. Workman Clark, and Co. Ltd.

Rifleman Alexander Thompson is not commemorated on the Workman Clark Belfast Shipyard Memorial.

Alexander Thompson was born on 21 July 1896 in the townland of Ballysallagh, Newtownards and he was a son of Alexander and Sarah Thompson (nee Halliday) who were married on 23 October 1889 in Killead Presbyterian Church, Crumlin, Co Antrim.

Alexander Thompson worked as a brickyard labourer and as a night watchman and he and Sarah had nine children including:

Isaac (born 16 April 1889 in Carnaghliss, Killead)

Robert (born 2 November 1891 in Kilcross, Killead)

Isabella (born around 1893/1894)

Alexander (born 21 July 1896 in Ballysallagh, Newtownards)

Sarah (born 28 September 1898 in Dundrod, Glenavy)

William (born 15 November 1902 at 23 Springfield Village, Belfast)

Matilda (born 4 May 1906 at 23 Springfield Village, Belfast)

Amelia (born 25 May 1909 at 110 Woodvale Avenue, Belfast)

Their father died as the result of an aortic aneurism on 6 September 1913 (aged 50) and his son Isaac was with him when he died.

During the Second World War, Rifleman Alexander Thompson (No. 1623) served with the Royal Irish Rifles and he was 21 when he died on 23 November 1917.  He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Cambrai Memorial, Louverval, France.

Rifleman Alexander Thompson (No. 1623) is also commemorated in the Journey of Remembering Belfast Book of Honour (Page 621).  His sole legatee was his widowed mother, Sarah Thompson.