Ernest William THOMPSON

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THOMPSON, Ernest William

Service Number: 920
Enlisted: 1 March 1916, Adelaide, South Australia
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 43rd Infantry Battalion
Born: Canowie, South Australia, 14 March 1891
Home Town: Ardrossan, Yorke Peninsula, South Australia
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Farm Labourer
Died: Died of wounds, Boulougne, France, 18 October 1917, aged 26 years
Cemetery: Boulogne Eastern Cemetery
Memorials: Adelaide National War Memorial, Ardrossan & District WW1 Honor Roll
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World War 1 Service

1 Mar 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Adelaide, South Australia
9 Jun 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 920, 43rd Infantry Battalion, Third Ypres
9 Jun 1916: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 920, 43rd Infantry Battalion, HMAT Afric, Adelaide

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Biography

Ernest William Thompson is my Great Uncle.  He is the son of Alfred Arthur Thompson and Mary Maria Wright, Brother of my Maternal Grandmother, Maude Winnifred Smith, James, Roy, Horace, Alfred and Annie.

He was born at Canowie (near Clare) in South Australia on 14 March 1891.  The family moved to Ardrossan on the Yorke Peninsula, South Australia in search of work.  He helped out as a Farm Labourer there.

On 3 March 1916 at the age of 25 he enlisted as a Private in the 43rd Infantry Battalion, Third Ypres.  On 9 June 1916 he embarked for France on the HMAT Afric in Adelaide.

Ernest was killed in action in France on 18 October 1917 at the age of 26.  

He is buried in the Boulougne Eastern Cemetery. - Julie Adams

 

"Private ERNEST WILLIAM THOMPSON, D Company, 43rd Battalion, second son of the late Mr. and Mrs. A. A. Thompson, formerly of Yankalilla and Ardrossan, brother of Mrs. Maude W. Smith, Ardrossan, died of gunshot wounds on October 18. He enlisted in March 1916, and sailed on June 9. He was 25 years of age. He was highly respected, and on the eve of his departure for the front was presented with a gold medal by his Ardrossan friends. His brother Horace was lately wounded and gassed in France." - from the Adelaide Chronicle 29 Dec 1917 (nla.gov.au)

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