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Henry (Harry) Thompson

Rank: Private
Street: Little Water Street
Town/Village: Longford
Civil Parish: Templemichael
Catholic Parish: Templemichael
Alternative Address:
Census 1901: Likely serving in South Africa
Census 1911:
Regiment/Unit: Labour Corps. 898 Area "E" Company/ {Leinster Regiment, 5th (Special Reserve) Battalion}/ [Leinster Regiment,1st Battalion] /
Regiment Number: 403954 / {403954} / [4372]
Date of Death:
Cause: Survived WW1, died of natural causes, Longford

Harry (Henry) was born in on Harbour Lane, 27 March 1878, and was named after his father, who was a carpenter. Harry Jr was a trained painter (decorator).

Thompson had a long military career, having served in South Africa at Wittenbergen, Transvaal and Cape Colony, for which he received Kings & Queens South Africa medal, before reenlisting in the Special Reserve in January 1912.

Pte Thompson was mobilised for war service on the 5 August 1914 and was posted to France in February 1915, for which he earned the 1914-15 Star. Thompson earned five blue Overseas chevrons for this Great War service, denoting 60 months service overseas, despite hospitalisation for rheumatism. 

Harry returned to Longford after his war service. He died 3 March 1934 due to cancer. 

Parents Names: Son of Henry Thompson and Anne (née Griffin), Harbour Lane, Longford.
Notes: Harry served time in prison in 1911. His sisters Mary Anne, Elizabeth and Sarah Thompson, were identified as his next-of-kin

Link to Civil Record of birth; link to Civil Record of death

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