Thompson, Thomas Harvey (No. 2234)

Thompson, Thomas Harvey

Thompson, Thomas Henry (in CWGC records)

Private

No. 2234, 22nd Battalion, Australian Infantry, Australian Imperial Force (AIF)

Died of wounds on Saturday 17 August 1918 (aged 26)

Buried:

Daours Communal Cemetery Extension, Somme, France

Commemorated:

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

BIOGRAPHY

When Thomas Harvey Thompson enlisted on 28 June 1915 in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia he cited as his next-of-kin his father who was living at 58 Church Street, Newtownards.

Later, after he got married on 14 June 1917, he cited as his next-of-kin his wife Edith Annie Thompson who lived at 58 Somers Road, Halesowen, Worcestershire.

Private Thomas Harvey Thompson made a will on 1 August 1917 and in it he left all his property and effects to his wife.

Thomas Harvey Thompson was born on 30 July 1892 at 6 Loftus Street, Belfast and he was a son of William and Mary Thompson (nee Harvey) who were married on 8 May 1875 in Lisburn.  William Thompson worked as a clerk and book-keeper.

Thomas Harvey Thompson was four days short of his 8th birthday when his mother Mary died of tuberculosis on 26 July 1900 (aged 45).  On 20 September 1901, his father William married Ruth Gordon in Fortwilliam Presbyterian Church, Belfast.  In 1911 William and Ruth, together with William’s son John, were living in Church Street, Newtownards.

Thomas Harvey Thompson moved to Australia where he worked as a waiter and he enlisted on 28 June 1915 in Melbourne.  It was noted in his attestation papers that he was 5 feet 3½ inches tall with a dark complexion, grey eyes and black hair.  He had a piece missing from the lobe of his left ear.

Private Thomas Harvey Thompson (No. 2234) served with the 22nd Battalion, Australian Infantry, AIF and, when he was stationed at Perham Down Camp in England, he and Edith Annie Webster were married on 14 June 1917 in Halesowen Parish Church of England Church.

Private Thomas Harvey Thompson was 26 when he sustained a gunshot wound to the shoulder and chest and he died in 55 Casualty Clearing Station on 15 August 1918.

It was his widow Edith who received his trio of medals, memorial scroll and memorial plaque.

Private Thomas Harvey Thompson (No. 2234) is commemorated on the Commonwealth War Graves Commission website as Private Thomas Henry Thompson.