Thomson, John (No. 1560614)

Thomson, John

Gunner

No. 1560614, Royal Artillery

Died in service on Thursday 28 June 1945 (aged 28)

Buried:

Belfast (Dundonald) Cemetery, Co. Down (Section D. 1. Joint Grave 306)

Commemorated:

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

BIOGRAPHY

John Thomson’s birth was registered in the first quarter of 1917 in West Ham, Essex and he was a son of Henry and Minnie Margaret Thomson (nee Stirk) of Penge, Kent.

John Thomson had a twin sister whose name was Minnie Dorothy Thomson, and they were born on 30 December 1916 when the Thomson family was living at 26 Benn Street, Homerton, London.

Henry Thomson worked as a dyer and cleaner and he and Minnie Margaret Stirk were married on 7 August 1909 in St. Mary of Eton Parish Church, Middlesex.  Their first child, Irene Florence Thomson, was born in 1910.

In 1939 John Thomson was working as a grocer’s assistant.

John Thomson was the husband of Mary (Molly) Thomson (nee Brown) and they lived with Molly’s mother and stepfather at 107 Clandeboye Road, Bangor.  Molly Thomson was a Sergeant in the ATS.

John Thomson and Mary McTaggart Brown were married on 30 May 1942 in Helen’s Bay Presbyterian Church.  John Thomson (aged 25), a soldier engaged in war service, was a son of Henry Thomson.  Mary McTaggart Brown (aged 24), a spinster from Bangor, was a daughter of Alexander Brown.

Gunner John Thomson was a brother-in-law of Squadron Quartermaster Sergeant Alexander Scott Brown who was killed in action on 21 March 1943 and a stepbrother-in-law of Pilot Officer Thomas Norman Stockdale who died on 28 August 1943.

Gunner John Thomson (No. 1560614) died at Palace Barracks, Holywood on 28 June 1945 and was buried in the same grave as Thomas Norman Stockdale.

Also buried in that grave were Thomas Norman Stockdale’s grandparents, Mary Duff Scott who died on 10 April 1933 (aged 66) and John Scott who died on 11 November 1942 (aged 79).