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Private John Thomson

1st Battalion Highland Light Infantry
Service No: 26916

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Personal details

Family Information

Son of Neil and Mary Thomson of 83e Woodside St, Coatbridge. Johns brother Able Seaman Alexander Thomson of the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve `Hood` Battalion also died of enteric fever and inflammation of the tonsils on the 22/09/1915 (see index)

Born / Resided

Coatbridge / 83e Woodside St, Coatbridge


Died 17/07/1916 of enteric fever in Hospital


Coatbridge 22/01/1916


Constable with the Coatbridge Police. Previously worked with his father in Rosehall Colliery


22 / DOB - 15/03/1894

Buried / Remembered

Amara War Cemetery, Iraq

Cemetery / Memorial Information

Amara War Cemetery contains 4,621 burials of the First World War, more than 3,000 of which were brought into the cemetery after the Armistice. 925 of the graves are unidentified. In 1933, all of the headstones were removed from this cemetery when it was discovered that salts in the soil were causing them to deteriorate. Instead a screen wall was erected with the names of those buried in the cemetery engraved upon it. Plot XXV is a Collective Grave, the individual burial places within this are not known. There are also seven non-war graves in the cemetery.

Additional Information

John died of enteric fever, like his brother, in an Amara Hospital. He was previously employed with his father and brother in the Rosehall Colliery but due to ill health he joined the Coatbridge Police. Also remembered at the Family Plot in Old Monkland Cemetery (see photos x 3) and in the St Augustines Parish (book) Roll of Honour. See photos for Johns Medal Index Card and his Newspaper clippings x 4.

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