THOMPSON, Ivo Garfield

Service Number: 3620
Enlisted: 17 August 1915, Adelaide, South Australia
Last Rank: Lieutenant
Last Unit: 58th Infantry Battalion
Born: Saddleworth, South Australia, 10 March 1897
Home Town: Peterborough (Formerly Petersburg), South Australia
Schooling: Saddleworth Public School and Prince Alfred College
Occupation: Timekeeper
Died: Killed In Action, Somme, France, 4 July 1918, aged 21 years
Cemetery: Ribemont Communal Cemetery Extension, Somme
Row A, Grave No. 9
Memorials: Adelaide National War Memorial, Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Peterborough Roll of Honor WW1
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World War 1 Service

17 Aug 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, Adelaide, South Australia
12 Jan 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 3620, 27th Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
12 Jan 1916: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 3620, 27th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Borda, Adelaide
2 Jun 1917: Promoted AIF WW1, Second Lieutenant, 58th Infantry Battalion
4 Jul 1918: Involvement AIF WW1, Lieutenant, 58th Infantry Battalion

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Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal

The Register (Adelaide, SA: 1901 - 1929) Friday 20 April 1917


PETERSBURG, April 19. — Pte. I. G. Thompson has been selected to go to England to train for a commission. The soldier enlisted from Petersburg in August, 1915, and went to Egypt with the 27th   Battalion. Four months later he went with the Anzacs to France. He went through the battles of Pozieres and the Somme.  


The Register (Adelaide, SA: 1901 - 1929) Thursday 25 July 1918



Lieut. Ivo G. Thompson M.M., who was recently killed in France, was the second son of Mr. W. Thompson, formerly of Saddleworth, and now of Orroroo. At the time of his death he was in his twenty-first year. He was educated at the Saddleworth Public School and Prince Alfred College, and like his father, proved to be an exceptionally fine athlete. While at college he won all the running events for boys of 16 years, gained the championship against St. Peter's College, and triumphed in a number of other contests. He continued his athletic achievements on the battlefield. In a letter to his father, dated France, May 20, he mentioned that about a fortnight previously, at the battalion sports, he won the 100 yards championship and the 220 yards championship. Three days later, at the brigade sports, he registered a similar victory. Four days after that again he won the same double at the divisional sports, and was selected to represent the division in the corps sports (a corps consists of 80,000 men). Once more he signally triumphed. Gen. Birdwood complimented him upon his success, and presented two cups to him. Lieut. Thompson had another victory with a team of machine gunners, whom he had trained, and who won all their events right through. The deceased soldier enlisted nearly three years ago, with the 27th Battalion, and, after having secured his commission, was transferred to the 58th (Victorian) Battalion. 


Observer (Adelaide, SA: 1905 - 1931) Saturday 27 July 1918


Lieut. Ivor Garfield Thompson, of Peterborough, who was killed in action on July 4, was 21 years of age. He enlisted in March, 1915, and sailed to Egypt in June of the same year. He belonged to the 10 the Battalion, and was among those of that regiment who went to France. He claimed to be the first Australian soldier to land in France. After having been there 12 months he was one of seven selected from his company to go to college in England, where he passed his examination for a commission. For two and a half years he was in the trenches, and went through all the big battles with the Australians. He was never wounded in all that time. Previous to enlistment he was timekeeper on the Government drain work at Peterborough, and his father, (Mr. W. G. Thompson, now at Walloway) was foreman in charge.