Topic: Thompson, George Warwick

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A soldier of the Great War who died of illness.

Private George Warwick Thompson - 10403

Thompson, G. W.

George was born 15 November 1895 at Prebbleton, son of George Alfred and Mary Jane Thompson. He was educated at the local school and was very well known and popular throughout the district. Before enlisting he was working as a labourer for W. Roberts at Addington. He was 5ft 10 ¾ inches tall with a fresh complexion, blue eyes and fair hair. He also had a scar on his left leg.

He enlisted 12th January 1916 and was assigned to the 12th Reinforcements, Wellington Infantry Battalion, J Company. He embarked with them on the 6th May on board the Mokia bound for Suez, Egypt. Sent to England he arrived in Southampton on 7th August 1916 and to base at Sling Camp. He embarked for France and the Western Front on 28 August and was taken on the strength at Etaples a day later. He survived through the Somme battles of September and November but was admitted to hospital 3rd February 1917, initially with nephritis. Evacuated to hospital at Walton on Thames, he died three weeks later of pneumonia, nephritis and heart failure aged 22. He was buried at Brookwood Cemetery, Surrey. In New Zealand George is remembered on the Prebbleton War Memorial.

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First Names:George Warwick
Last Name:Thompson
Date of Birth:15 November 1895
Place of Birth:Prebbleton
Date of Death:6 March 1917
Place of Death:Surrey, England
Memorial or Cemetery:Brookwood Cemetery, Surrey
Age at death:22
User Name:Selwyn Library
Occupation before enlisting:Labourer
Marital Status:Single
Regiment or Service:Canterbury Regiment
Country:New Zealand
Parents or Next of Kin:Son of George Alfred and Mary Jane Thompson, of Causeway Rd., Redcliffe, Christchurch
Service Number:10403
Rank last held:Private
Embarkation:6 May 1916
Place of Embarkation:Wellington
Transport:Mokoia or Navua
Theatres of War:Europe
Cause of Death:died of pneumonia