Thompson, Charles (No. 7944)

Thompson, Charles

Rifleman

No. 7944, 13th Battalion, Royal Irish Rifles

Killed in action on Saturday 1 July 1916 (aged 29)

No known grave

Commemorated:

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Thiepval Memorial, France (Pier and Face 15 A and 15 B)

Donaghadee and District War Memorial

Shore Street Presbyterian Church Donaghadee

Thompson family grave headstone in Donaghadee Church of Ireland Graveyard

Journey of Remembering Belfast Book of Honour

BIOGRAPHY

In some records Charles Thompson’s number is recorded as 7942 and in some records his surname is spelt Thomson.

Charles Thompson was born on 20 November 1886 in Moat Street, Donaghadee and he was a son of Charles and Catherine Thompson (nee Murray) who were married on 30 April 1884 in Ballycopeland Presbyterian Church.  Charles Thompson, a widower from Donaghadee, worked as a labourer and he was a son of Andrew Thompson, a fisherman.  Catherine Murray from Ballywilliam worked as a domestic servant and she was a daughter of Neill Murray, a labourer.

Catherine Murray already had at least one child:

Sarah (born 18 November 1875 in Sandy Row, Donaghadee)

Charles and Catherine Thompson (nee Murray) had two children:

Ann (Annie, born 20 February 1885 in Mount Street, Donaghadee)

Charles (born 20 November 1886 in Moat Street, Donaghadee)

The Thompson family lived in Moat Street, Donaghadee and Charles and Annie were baptised in Shore Street Presbyterian Church Donaghadee.

Charles Thompson’s father died on 13 March 1899 (aged 56) and Annie (aged 14) was with him when he died.

Charles Thompson’s mother, Catherine, worked as an embroiderer.

Prior to the outbreak of the Great War Charles Thompson worked as a gardener and domestic servant.  He enlisted in Antrim, served with the 13th Battalion Royal Irish Rifles in 108th Brigade of the 36th (Ulster) Division and was killed in action on the first day of the Battle of the Somme.

Initially it was reported that he was missing in action although there was an unofficial report from a comrade that he had been killed by a bomb.  At the time of his death his sister Annie was living at 35 Grosvenor Road, Belfast and she sought information as to what had happened to her brother.

Later it was officially confirmed that Rifleman Charles Thompson must be presumed to have been killed in action.

Rifleman Charles Thompson (No. 7944) has no known grave and he is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial in France; on Donaghadee and District War Memorial; in Shore Street Presbyterian Church Donaghadee and in the Belfast Book of Honour (Page 622).