|Date of birth|
|Place of birth||Sydney, New South Wales|
|Religion||Church of England|
|Address||Winona, Greenwich Road, Greenwich, New South Wales|
|Age at embarkation||31|
|Next of kin||Father, W H Thompson, Winona, Greenwich Road, Greenwich, New South Wales|
|Rank on enlistment||Lieutenant|
|Unit name||2nd Battalion, 10th Reinforcement|
|AWM Embarkation Roll number||23/19/2|
|Embarkation details||Unit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A69 Warilda on
|Rank from Nominal Roll||Lieutenant|
|Unit from Nominal Roll||2nd Battalion|
|Fate||Killed in Action
|Age at death from cemetery records||33|
|Place of burial||No known grave|
|Commemoration details||The Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial (Panel 7), Belgium
The Menin Gate Memorial (so named because the road led to the town of Menin) was constructed on the site of a gateway in the eastern walls of the old Flemish town of Ypres, Belgium, where hundreds of thousands of allied troops passed on their way to the front, the Ypres salient, the site from April 1915 to the end of the war of some of the fiercest fighting of the war.
The Memorial was conceived as a monument to the 350,000 men of the British Empire who fought in the campaign. Inside the arch, on tablets of Portland stone, are inscribed the names of 56,000 men, including 6,178 Australians, who served in the Ypres campaign and who have no known grave.
The opening of the Menin Gate Memorial on 24 July 1927 so moved the Australian artist Will Longstaff that he painted 'The Menin Gate at Midnight', which portrays a ghostly army of the dead marching past the Menin Gate. The painting now hangs in the Australian War Memorial, Canberra, at the entrance of which are two medieval stone lions presented to the Memorial by the City of Ypres in 1936.
Since the 1930s, with the brief interval of the German occupation in the Second World War, the City of Ypres has conducted a ceremony at the Memorial at dusk each evening to commemorate those who died in the Ypres campaign.
|Panel number, Roll of Honour,|
Australian War Memorial
|Miscellaneous information from|
|Parents: William Henry and Mary THOMPSON, 'Coila', Greenwich Road, Greenwich, Sydney. Native of Summer Hill, Sydney, New South Wales|
War service: Egypt, Western Front
Tried by General Court Martial, Tel el Kebir, 19 June 1916, on a charge of conduct to the prejudice of good order and Military Discipline: found guilty of the charge, with the exception of the words 'In company with Cpl Burns, W.D.,an N.C.O.' Sentence: to be severely reprimanded.
Proceeded to England (date not recorded); marched out from 1st Training Bn, Perham Downs, for overseas, 14 August 1916. Taken on strength, 2nd Bn, Belgium, 15 September 1916. Promoted Lt, 16 October 1916. To Musketry School of Instruction, 18 October 1916l rejoined Bn from School, 3 November 1916. On command to Divisional School of Instruction, 5 February 1917; rejoined Bn, 28 February 1917. To United Kingdom on furlough, 26 June 1917; rejoined Bn from furlough, 9 July 1917. To Summer Rest Camp, 27 August 1917; rejoined Bn, 8 September 1917.
Killed in action, Belgium, 16 September 1917. Statement from CO, 2nd Bn: '[THOMPSON] whilst attending wounded men, was very badly wounded on 17.9.17 and died at the Advanced Dressing Station the same day. The Unit was in support line at HOOGE, MENIN ROAD, the advanced dressing station was about a mile further back. Lieut. THOMPSON was buried at this station. The number of the ambulance unit cannot now be recollected.'
Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
|Miscellaneous details||No date of enlistment recorded.|