Thompson, Edward Carson (No. 748054)

Thompson, Edward Carson (Teddy)

Flight Sergeant

No. 748054, 101 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve

Killed in action on Friday 8 August 1941 (aged 27)

Buried:

Sage War Cemetery, Oldenburg, Niedersachsen, Germany (Grave 7. E. 10)

Commemorated:

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Bangor and District War Memorial

Bangor Parish Church of Ireland Church (St. Comgall’s)

BIOGRAPHY

Edward Carson (Teddy) Thompson was born at 15 Jerusalem Street, Belfast on 21 February 1914 and he was the younger son of Alexander and Annie Thompson (nee Young) who were married on 19 April 1897 in Ballygilbert Presbyterian Church.  Alexander Thompson, a carpenter from Belfast, was a son of William Thompson, a gardener.  Annie Young from Holywood (she was born in County Londonderry), was a daughter of William (a coachman) and Margaret Young.

The Thompson family lived in Holywood and at 15 Jerusalem Street, Belfast.  Alexander and Annie Thompson (nee Young) had at least six children including:

Mary (born 24 January 1898 in Trevor Street, Holywood)

Henrietta Margaret (born 4 May 1899 in Trevor Street, Holywood)

William (born 19 October 1902 in Cross Lane, Coleraine)

Florence (born 18 September 1904 in Cross Lane, Coleraine)

Edward Carson (Teddy, born 21 February 1914 at 15 Jerusalem Street, Belfast)

When Teddy Thompson was eight years old, the Thompson family moved from Belfast to Bangor.  Teddy was educated in Ward School and Bangor Technical School. He worshipped in Bangor Parish Church of Ireland Church (St. Comgall’s) and belonged to the Parish Badminton Club.

After Teddy left school, he worked with his father Alexander in the family building and contracting business.  Teddy was a member of the British Order of Ancient Free Gardeners’ Friendly Society and on 26 August 1939 he and Olga Mencarelli were married in St. Polycarp’s Church of Ireland Church, Belfast.  Olga was a daughter of confectioner Andrew Mencarelli, 11 Bridge Street, Bangor.

Teddy Thompson joined the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve and completed his training before the Second World War. He was called to service when hostilities commenced and was 27 when he was killed in action on 8 August 1941.  There is evidence that he baled out of a Vickers Wellington aircraft (X9601) over the North Sea when under attack from a German night fighter and that the pilot, Flight Lieutenant L. A. Rickinson, brought the aircraft back to base and was awarded the DFC.

Flight Sergeant Edward Carson Thompson (No. 748054) was buried in Sage War Cemetery, Oldenburg, Niedersachsen, Germany, and there is an inscription on his CWGC headstone:

HE SHALL GROW NOT OLD

AS WE THAT ARE LEFT

GROW OLD

Death notices expressed deep regret from his wife Olga, who was living in married quarters in Coventry and from his father, mother, brother, and sisters who lived at 4 Lancaster Avenue, Bangor.  Tributes included the verses:

Not just today but every day,

In silence we remember

 

He died that we might live,

Severed only ’till He come.

His effects amounted to some £393, and probate was granted to his widow.  Flight Sergeant Edward Carson Thompson (No. 748054) is commemorated on Bangor and District War Memorial and in Bangor Parish Church of Ireland Church (St. Comgall’s).