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  cap badgePrivate 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. John's youngest brother Able Seaman Alexander Thomson (Clyde Z /3402) of the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve Hood Battalion also died of enteric fever and inflammation of the tonsils on the 22/09/1915. From the 1901 Census - Address - 150 Woodside St, Coatbridge - Neil Thomson aged 46, Mary Thomson aged 42, James Thomson aged 23, Robert Thomson aged 20, William Thomson aged 18, Neil Thomson aged 14, Maggie Thomson aged 13, Berburn Thomson aged 11, George Thomson aged 8, John Thomson aged 7, Mary Thomson aged 6, Alexander Thomson aged 4. John and his brother Alexander's Pensions were both awarded to their mother Mary.

Born / Resided

Coatbridge / 83e Woodside St, Coatbridge

Died

Died 17/07/1916 of enteric fever in Hospital in Amara

Enlisted

Coatbridge 22/01/1916

Employed

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

Age

22 / DOB - 15/03/1894

Buried / Remembered

Amara War Cemetery (IX. F. 11 Screen Wall), 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 and was there for 8 months before enlisting. In 1933, all of the headstones were removed from the Amara War 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. John and his brother Alexander are both remembered at the Family Plot in Old Monkland Cemetery (see photos x 3) and in the St Augustine's Parish (book) Roll of Honour. See photos for John's Medal Index Card, his Newspaper clippings x 4, the CWGC Iraq Roll of Honour x 4, John's name in the CWGC Iraq Roll of Honour, his Army Register of Soldiers Effects, his Service Medal and Award Rolls, his CWGC Grave Registration x 2, his name on the Amara War Cemetery (Screen Wall) Panel List, John's Pension Records x 7 (brother Alexander mentioned in 6) and the Highland Light Infantry Cap Badge.

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