Cyril James THOMPSON

THOMPSON, Cyril James

Service Number: 3720
Enlisted: 23 January 1917
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 48th Infantry Battalion
Born: Adelaide, South Australia, Australia, 1898
Home Town: Hilton, City of West Torrens, South Australia
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Proofreader
Died: Died of Wounds, France, 21 September 1918
Cemetery: La Chapelette British and Indian Cemetery, Peronne
La Chapelette British and Indian Cemetery, Peronne, Picardie, France
Memorials: Adelaide National War Memorial, Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour
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World War 1 Service

23 Jan 1917: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, 3720, 48th Infantry Battalion
16 Jul 1917: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, 3720, 48th Infantry Battalion, Service record indicates embarked (A16) from Sydney. Disembarked Liverpool 16/9/1917

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Biography contributed by Adelaide Botanic High School

Cyril James Thompson was born in Adelaide in 1898 and was 19 years old when he enlisted. He enlisted on the 23rd of January 1917. Before the war his previous occupation was a proof-reader. He lived in the hometown of Formby Street Hilton, Adelaide, SA. As he was 19 years old he had no wife or significant other just his mother and father, Florence, and James Thompson. As stated in his description he had hazel eyes, brown hair, and an average of 5ft and 5 inches when he enlisted.  

His unit was the 48th Infantry Battalion, and his rank was Private. Cyril James Thompson had no recorded training, but before enlisting in the war, he spent 4 years in some sort of cadet training. His first recorded movement with the Army was on the 16th of July 1917 when he embarked to Sydney, then two months later, arrived in Liverpool Sydney 16.9.17. He marched into Bodford from Australia in 17.9.17 and then proceeded into France later on the 19.3.18. He spent the rest of this month in France fighting in the war. On the 30th of April 1918 when he was admitted into the hospital for sickness. He stayed in the hospital for couple of days and then was discharged to a different hospital on the 2.5.18 and only then got released on the 15.6.18 from being sick for about a month. Cyril James Thompson was fighting in the war three months later he was then seriously injured and soon after passed away of battle wounds.

Sadly, on September the 21st in 1918 Cyril James Thompson died of battle wounds in France, he was buried in the La Chapelette British and Indian Cemetery, in France. He had earned two medals the Victory Medal and the British War Medal and was proud to serve his country.