Thompson, David

David Thompson, Private 74210, 10th Bn. Sherwood Foresters (Notts and Derby Regiment)
Died 22nd April 1918 in France, aged 34

 

EARLY LIFE

David Clarke Thompson was born in Macclesfield in 1883, the son of Eliza (nee Clarke) and Walter Thompson, who were married at St Peter’s Church, Prestbury, in 1873. David’s father died in December 1882, a few months before he was born.

In 1911, twenty-six-year-old David was living at 32 Townley St, Macclesfield, with his mother and sister Annie (30). David was employed as a shop assistant for a furnishing store. Prior to enlistment in the Army, David was employed as a marine store dealer.

 

MILITARY SERVICE

David enlisted in Macclesfield in December 1916 at the age of 33, joining the 3rd Battalion of the Royal Welsh Fusiliers with service number 63649, and was drafted out to France in July 1917. He was granted one week’s leave to the UK on 3 January 1918, and in April was transferred to the 10th battalion of the Notts and Derby Regiment.

Private Thompson was reported to be wounded on 22 April 1918 and on 18 June he was reported to be wounded and missing. On 4 November 1918 it was assumed that he was either killed in action or died from his wounds on or shortly after 22 April 1918.

 

 

COMMEMORATION

Private David Thompson is buried at Aveluy Wood Cemetery, (Lancashire Dump), France. The Commonwealth War Graves Commission holds casualty details for Private David Thompson, and he is listed on the Imperial War Museum’s Lives of the First World War website.

In Macclesfield, Private David Thompson is commemorated on the Park Green and Town Hall war memorials.

 

NOTES

 

SOURCES

GRO (England & Wales) Indexes: Births, Deaths
Census (England & Wales): 1911
WW1 British Army Service Records 1914-1920
Lives of the First World War website

Commonwealth War Graves Commission website

 


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