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Campbell Henry THOMPSON

Date of birth8 April 1884
Place of birthSydney, New South Wales
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationClerk
AddressWinona, Greenwich Road, Greenwich, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation31
Height5' 8"
Weight154 lbs
Next of kinFather, W H Thompson, Winona, Greenwich Road, Greenwich, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentLieutenant
Unit name2nd Battalion, 10th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/19/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A69 Warilda on 8 October 1915
Rank from Nominal RollLieutenant
Unit from Nominal Roll2nd Battalion
FateKilled in Action 16 September 1917
Age at death from cemetery records33
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsThe 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
34
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: William Henry and Mary THOMPSON, 'Coila', Greenwich Road, Greenwich, Sydney. Native of Summer Hill, Sydney, New South Wales
Other details

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 detailsNo date of enlistment recorded.

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