Thompson, James

Thompson, James

Civilian War Dead

Died as the result of enemy action on Monday 5 May 1941 (aged 36)

Commemorated:

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Family grave headstone in Donaghadee Parish Church of Ireland Graveyard

BIOGRAPHY

Special Constable James Thompson died on 5 May 1941 at Dunraven Avenue, Belfast during a German Luftwaffe air raid and his sister, Katherine Lennon, who lived at 16 Belfast Road, Bangor placed a Roll of Honour notice in the 6 May 1941 edition of the County Down Spectator.  This notice contained the text:

Gone to be with other loved ones

James Thompson was born on 14 June 1904 in Mount Street, Donaghadee, and he was a son of Andrew and Elizabeth (Lizzie) Thompson (nee Gunning) who were married on 12 April 1893 in Donaghadee Parish Church of Ireland Church.  Andrew Thompson, a labourer from Donaghadee was a son of John Thompson, a labourer.  Lizzie Gunning from Donaghadee was a daughter of James Gunning, a sailor.

Andrew and Lizzie Thompson (nee Gunning) had at least ten children:

Catherine, sometimes Katherine (born 16 January 1895 in Back Street, Donaghadee)

John Gunning (born 19 October 1896 in Back Street, Donaghadee)

Mary Jane (born 28 December 1898 in Union Street, Donaghadee; died from congestion of the lungs 7 February 1901 in Mount Street, Donaghadee)

James (born 29 April 1901 in Mount Street, Donaghadee; died of debility 30 April 1901)

Andrew (born 28 April 1902 in Bow Street, Donaghadee)

James (born 14 June 1904 in Mount Street, Donaghadee)

Isabella (born 14 April 1906 in Moat Street, Donaghadee)

Robert (born 26 August 1908 in Moat Street, Donaghadee)

Albert (born 3 August 1912 in Moat Street, Donaghadee)

Ernest (born 2 January 1915 in Moat Street, Donaghadee)

Catherine, John, and Mary Jane were baptised in Donaghadee Parish Church of Ireland Church.

The Thompson family lived at 41 Moat Street, Donghadee.

During the Great War James Thompson’s brother, Corporal John Gunning Thompson (No. 17037) was killed in action on 16 August 1917.  Both brothers are commemorated on the family grave headstone in Donaghadee Parish Church of Ireland Graveyard:

ERECTED BY

ELIZABETH THOMPSON

IN MEMORY OF HER BELOVED HUSBAND

ANDREW

DIED 22ND JULY 1939

ALSO HER BELOVED SON

JOHN

KILLED IN ACTION AT YPRES

16TH AUGUST 1917

ALSO HER BELOVED SON

JAMES

KILLED BY ENEMY ACTION

5TH MAY 1941

ALSO THE ABOVE NAMED

ELIZABETH THOMPSON

DIED 10TH JUNE 1947

ALSO DAUGHTERS

ISA, DIED 24H FEBRUARY 1974

KITTY, DIED 2ND NOVEMBER 1974

ALSO SONS-IN-LAW

JOHN MCNEILLIE DIED 18TH DECEMBER 1976

JAMES LENNON DIED 2ND APRIL 1977

ALSO HER BELOVED SON

ERNEST, DIED 10TH NOVEMBER 1995

AT REST

James Thompson and Margaret Spratt were married on 19 September 1934 in Donaghadee Parish Church of Ireland Church.  James Thompson, a gardener from Moat Street, Donaghadee was a son of Andrew Thompson, a labourer.  Margaret Spratt from 5 Ava Terrace, Donaghadee was a daughter of George Spratt, a builder.

After they were married, they lived at 158 Upper Greenville Road, Bloomfield, Belfast.  James Thompson served as a Special Constable in the RUC and their son James Gunning Thompson, was born in 1938.

Special Constable James Thompson died on 5 May 1941 at Dunraven Avenue, Belfast during a German Luftwaffe air raid.  Of the many civilians of the Commonwealth whose deaths were due to enemy action in the Second World War, the names of some 67,092 are commemorated in the Civilian War Dead Roll of Honour, located near St. George’s Chapel in Westminster Abbey, London.

Some 19 months after her husband’s death, Margaret Thompson suffered a further bereavement.  Her son, James Gunning Thompson, (aged 5½) died of tuberculous meningitis on 14 December 1943 in the Childrens’ Hospital, Belfast and was buried the following day in Dundonald Cemetery (Grave A3. 165).

Previously buried in that grave:

His maternal grandmother Margaret Spratt who died on 5 February 1961 (aged 86).

Subsequently buried in that grave:

His mother, Margaret Thompson who died on 29 April 1995 (aged 88).

At the time of writing there is no headstone on the grave.