Lieutenant Edward Medforth THOMPSON
Remembrance - The Yorkshire Regiment, First World War
Lieutenant Edward Medforth THOMPSON
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Lieutenant Edward Medforth THOMPSON

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Lieutenant Edward Medforth THOMPSON

5th Battalion Yorkshire Regiment. Son of F. Edward and Adeline L. Thompson, of Kirk Ella, Hull. Killed 22 February 1916. Aged 28.

The following notes are provided in Bob Coulson's biographies of Yorkshire Regiment Officers killed in the First World War;-

Edward Thompson sailed with the 5th Battalion from Southampton landing at Le Havre on April 17th 1915. Just one week later they were in action in the Ypres Salient suffering heavy casualties during the Battle of St Julien.

Lt Thompson and the battalion remained around Ypres until November when they were finally afforded a rest in billets at Outtersteene. In February of 1916 the battalion were back in the salient in the line close to Hill 60 to the south east of Ypres.
On February 26th 1916 Lt Edward Medforth Thompson was killed aged 28 as he supervised repair work to his company’s trench.
His grave can be visited today in Poperinghe New Military Cemetery just outside the town on the Reninghelst road.
Lt Thompson was the son of Edward and Adeline Thompson of Kirk Ella, a village just outside Hull in East Yorkshire.

The photo has been taken from "Illustrated War DeLuxe" and has been provided by James Pasby (<>)

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