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John Garfield THOMPSON

Regimental number5402
Place of birthAscot Vale, Victoria
ReligionMethodist
OccupationConfectioner
Address90 The Parade, Ascot Vale, Melbourne, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation22
Height6' 0"
Weight158 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs I. Thompson, same address
Previous military serviceServed for 6 mnoths in Senior Cadets; left of own accord.
Enlistment date19 December 1914
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll18 December 1914
Place of enlistmentSydney, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentDriver
Unit nameDivisional Train, 2nd and 3rd Reinforcements
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A54 Runic on 19 February 1915
Rank from Nominal RollCorporal
Unit from Nominal Roll52nd Battalion
FateKilled in Action 24 April 1918
Age at death from cemetery records25
Place of burialAdelaide Cemetery (Plot III, Row M, Grave No. II), Villers-Bretonneux, France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
156
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: John and Isabel Sarah Phillipa THOMPSON, 90 The Parade, Ascot Vale, Victoria
Medals

Military Medal

'On the morning of 2nd April, 1917, when one of the piquet posts was being pushed forward on line North of LANGNICOURT in preparation for attack on NOREUIL this Non Commissioned Officer regardless of personal danger took forward his Lewis gun and with it engaged enemy snipers and a machine gun, thus covering the party who were digging the new post. Later in the day he observed the enemy beginning to mass in a sunken road about 500 yards from his post, and by the promptness and accuracy with which he brought fire to bear on them prevented the development of the movement. He set a splendid example throughout.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 174
Date: 11 October 1917

Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, THOMPSON John Garfield

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