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Henry Thomas THOMPSON

Regimental number7080
Place of birthRoebourne, Western Australia
SchoolPublic School, Sunderland, England
ReligionMethodist
OccupationCabinet maker
AddressStation Street, East Cannington, Western Australia
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation34
Next of kinWife, Mrs Helen Thompson, 47 Duke Street, East Fremantle, Western Australia
Previous military serviceServed in the Infantry Regiment, Citizen Military Forces, Fremantle, Western Australia.
Enlistment date9 October 1916
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll9 September 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name16th Battalion, 23rd Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/33/5
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Fremantle, Western Australia, on board HMAT A35 Berrima on 23 December 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll16th Battalion
Other details from Roll of Honour CircularMember of the Queen's Park Rifle Club.
FateKilled in Action 6 August 1917
Place of death or woundingFrance
Age at death36
Age at death from cemetery records36
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsThe Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial (Panel 17), 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
81
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Andrew S. and Annie THOMPSON; husband of Helen THOMPSON, Wharf Street, Queen's Park, Western Australia. Native of Roebourne, Western Australia
Family/military connectionsBrother: 2756 Pte Sydney Robert THOMPSON, 48th Bn, killed in action, 12 October 1917; Brother-in-law: 2627 Lance Corporal John BOWES, 48th Bn, killed in action, 12 October 1917.
Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal

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