David Frederick THOMPSON

THOMPSON, David Frederick

Service Number: NX34958
Enlisted: 9 July 1940
Last Rank: Captain
Last Unit: 2nd/20th Infantry Battalion
Born: Punchbowl, - New South Wales, Australia, 13 November 1915
Home Town: Kyogle, New South Wales
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: General Motor Driver
Memorials: Ballarat Australian Ex-Prisoners of War Memorial
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World War 2 Service

9 Jul 1940: Enlisted Australian Military Forces (Army WW2), Lieutenant, NX34958, 2nd/20th Infantry Battalion
9 Jul 1940: Enlisted NX34958, 2nd/20th Infantry Battalion
5 Jan 1946: Discharged Australian Military Forces (Army WW2), Captain
5 Jan 1946: Discharged NX34958, 2nd/20th Infantry Battalion

"Behind Bamboo" Excerpt

"... and then Dave Thompson, of Kogarah [incorrect - Kyogle], killed a rat and python in swift succession. He sighted the python under the hut, pulled out one of the bamboo slats and was out of the hut before anyone else had moved. Even so, the python was twenty yards from the hut and streaking for the jungle before Dave broke its back. Then the medical orderlies claimed it and I gather that fried python fillets are on the menu at the R.A.P. tonight."

- Rohan D. Rivett's account of Dave at a POW camp in Malaysia.

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