Roy Mildrum THOMPSON

Date of birth3 January 1895
Other NamesTHOMPSON, Roy Meldrum
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationOfficer, Regular Army
AddressBay View, 463 Glebe Point Road, Glebe, Sydney, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation20
Next of kinMother, Mrs E J Thompson, Bay View, 463 Glebe Point Road, Glebe, Sydney, New South Wales
Previous military serviceRM College
Enlistment date1 July 1915
Rank on enlistmentMajor
Unit nameField Artillery Brigade 5, Battery 13
AWM Embarkation Roll number13/33/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A34 Persic on 18 November 1915
Rank from Nominal RollMajor
Unit from Nominal Roll2nd Division Artillery


Unit: ART 5th FA Bde
Promotion date: 1 July 1915


Unit: ART Div 2
Promotion date: 9 August 1916


Unit: ART Div 2
Promotion date: 12 October 1917

Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Mention in Despatches

Awarded, and promulgated, 'London Gazette' No. 30706 (28 May 1918); 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 165 (24 October 1918).

FateReturned to Australia 2 March 1919
Miscellaneous details (Nominal Roll)*Noted Roy Meldrum NR

Distinguished Service Order

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. When his battery suffered heavy casualties from high explosives and gas shells he personally got one wounded man away and brought the medical officer to another, and although gassed himself did not leave till all the men were away safely. On the following day, when suffering from gas poisoning and ordered to the dressing station, seeing his battery being shelled, he returned, and in attempting to extinguish exploding ammunition was seriously wounded. He showed great courage and determination.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 150
Date: 24 September 1918

Military Cross

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. When forward observation officer he continued his work with the greatest fearlessness and determination, in spite of the fact that his post was under heavy fire, and was twice blown in upon him. His skilful registering under trying conditions enabled batteries to move forward at the required time.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 76
Date: 23 May 1918

Other detailsMedals: Military Cross, Distinguished Service Order, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal