Sunday 9 September 2012

Private Richard Thompson

Born on 13 April 1888 in Belfast, Ireland – husband of Theresa Thompson, Union Hill, New Jersey – at the time of his enlistment in 1917: present address in Niagara Falls, New York; trade as pipe maker; married; no current or previous military service; Presbyterian; height of 5 feet 4 inches; chest of 33 inches fully expanded; dark complexion; blue eyes; dark brown hair.

Joined the Signal Training Depot, Canadian Engineers, CEF, in Hamilton, Ontario, on 25 April 1917 (number 2265418) – taken on the strength of Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry, CEF, on 10 or 11 May 1918 – transferred to the 38th Battalion, CEF, on 5 or 6 June 1918 – killed in action on 2 September 1918 – buried in Dury Mill British Cemetery (grave I.D.28), France.

(sources: Library and Archives Canada (, online attestation papers; Canadian War Museum, 19740281-001, Manu 58F 2 3, 207th Canadian Infantry Battalion and 38th Canadian Infantry Battalion, Nominal Roll; The Cameron Highlanders of Ottawa Regimental Museum, A400-0007, Master Personnel List for the 38th Canadian Infantry Battalion, Canadian Expeditionary Force; Commonwealth War Graves Commission, “Debt of Honour” register,

1 comment:

Joel Thompson said...

Thank you for this information. Richard Thompson was my great uncle. My father was named after him.