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868   Rifleman John Thompson
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Dated added: 01/01/2016   Last updated: 20/05/2020
Personal Details
Regiment/Service: 12th Battalion, Royal Irish Rifles (British Army)
Date Of Birth: 04/01/1894
Died: 01/07/1916 (Killed in Action)
Age: 22
John Thompson was the eldest son of Thomas and Matilda Thompson. John Thompson was born on 4th January 1894 in Magherafelt. Thomas was a coachman. The family lived in Cookstown and also in Killinchy. John Thompson enlisted in Belfast. He was apparently living in ‘Donald’ at the time. This may have been Dundonald. Rifleman John Thompson was serving with the 12th Battalion of the Royal Irish Rifles when he was killed in action on the first day of the Battle of the Somme on Saturday 1st July 1916.
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Cemetery Details
Cemetery: Hamel Military Cemetery
  Beaumont-Hamel, Somme
Grave Ref: Grave I-A-13
CWGC Casualty 598670
Hamel is a small village about 6.5 kilometres north of Albert. Using the D929 from Bapaume to Albert, continue until you come to La Boisselle, where there is a right turn signposted to Aveluy on the D20. Upon entering Aveluy, continue straight until you reach the crossroads where you should turn right to Beaumont-Hamel. Continue for 5 kilometres until you reach Hamel village where the military cemetery is on your immediate left.
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1 1901 Census lists Thompson family 1901 census lists John as age 7 living with the family at house 6 in Drumshanbo Glebe, Killeenan, Tyrone
2 1911 Census lists Thompson family 1911 census lists John as age 17 living with the family at house 39 in Killinchy, Down
3 National Archives UK Medal card of Private John Thompson can be purchased here
4 War Graves Photographic Project Photo of Private John Thompson's grave can be purchased here
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