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Frederick William THOMPSON

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Forename(s): Frederick William

Place of Birth: Penrith, Cumberland

Service No: 7427

Rank: Private

Regiment / Corps / Service: Border Regiment

Battalion / Unit: 2nd Battalion

Division: 7th Division

Age: 30

Date of Death: 1914-12-18

Awards: ---

CWGC Grave / Memorial Reference: Panel 6.

CWGC Cemetery: ---


Non-CWGC Burial: ---


Additional Information:

Frederick William Thompson was the son of William and Esther Thompson, née Patterson. William was born at Penrith and Esther at Edenhall, Cumberland.

1891 Penrith, Cumberland Census: 57, Brougham Street - Frederick W. Thompson, aged 6 years, born Penrith, son of William and Esther Thompson.

1901 Penrith, Cumberland Census: 4 Mill Yard - Fred Thompson, aged 16 years, born Penrith, son of Esther Thompson (married).

Frederick was married to Sarah McGarr in 1907.

1911 Keighley, Yorkshire Census: 6, Close Street, Worth Village - Frederick Thompson, aged 26 years, born Penrith, Cumberland, husband of Sarah Thompson.

British Army WW1 Medal Rolls Index Cards: Pte Frederick Thompson, 7427, 2nd Border Regiment. Qualifying date [for 1914 Star]: 5 October 1914. Correspondence: Mrs F. Thompson makes application for "1914 Star" in respect of the services of her late husband Pte F. Thompson. 25 June 1919. 9, Don St. Conisbro Nr Doncaster.

Data Source: Local War Memorial


Entry in West Yorkshire Pioneer Illustrated War Record:

TOMPSON, Fred., 2nd Border Regiment, Sutton Mill, killed in action, Dec. 21, 1914.


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Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: Border Regiment

Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: Border Regiment

Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: 7th Division

Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: 7th Division

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Forename(s): Frederick

Born: Penrith, Cumberland

Residence: Sutton-in-Craven, Yorks

Enlisted: Penrith

Number: 7427

Rank: Private

Regiment: Border Regiment

Battalion: 2nd Battalion


Died Date: 18/12/14

Died How: Killed in action

Theatre of War: France & Flanders


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Forename(s): Frederick William

Country of Service: United Kingdom

Service Number: 7427

Rank: Private

Regiment: Border Regiment

Unit: 2nd Bn.

Age: 30


Died Date: 18/12/1914

Additional Information: Son of Fredrick W. and Esther Thompson; husband of Sarah Thompson, of 9, Don St., Conisborough, Rotherham.



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13 October 1916


Writing in the Parish Magazine on the war, the Vicar of Sutton (Rev. A.R. Light) gives a list of men from the Parish of Sutton, who have fallen in defence of their country as follows:–Arnold Healey, Walter Haggas, Lyall Taylor, Edmund Wilkinson, Norman Riley, Nelson W. Petty, Richard Whitehall, Albert Wm. Tune, Frederick W. Thompson, Henry Taylor, Joseph G. Bancroft, Cedric Fawcett Horsfall.
Mr. Light also says: “I have not in the Magazine mentioned by name those from this place who have given their lives for their country, not because I have forgotten such promising young men as Henry Taylor, and others whose names hang in the Church porch, and, indeed, as I write this, I fear lest it may even be dimly thought that one may seem to be valued more than another. All who are fighting are equally dear to God, and it is also true to say that both rich and poor are giving their best, offering on an altar watered with tears those whose lives are so much to them. All those boys who formed our first patrol of Scouts have almost gone to the front, and only last week we heard of Reginald Ellison being wounded, but we hope his life will yet be spared.

To every mother whose heart aches with anxiety or for actual loss, I offer most true sympathy, whether such are connected with us in the worship of Sutton Church or not, and one cannot help feeling in such times as these that religious differences are not, and cannot be again, as great and as dividing as they have seemed in the past, and that all are one family of God. May each one of these, who will never enter into our lives here again, rest in peace.”

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15 January 1915

Sutton Mill Man Killed in Action

Deep regret was felt on Wednesday morning when official information was received by Mrs. Thompson, of Harker Street, Sutton Mill, that her husband, Private Fred W. Thompson, of the 2nd Borderer’s Regiment, had been killed in action in France. The deceased was a reservist, and was called upon to join the regiment on August 3rd. From that date until a month ago news was received regularly that he was all right. Since then fears have been entertained owing to the absence of the regular letters of his safety. A friend wrote to the authorities, and a reply quite recently came by postcard stating that Private Thompson was serving with his regiment in France. The official news that her husband had been killed in action in France was a very severe blow to the wife. The deceased, who was highly respected by his fellows, was in his 31st year. He leaves a widow and three little children, the eldest being under 6 years of age, also a mother partly dependent upon him.

31 December 1915


Pte. Fred Thompson, of Sutton Mill, 2nd Border Regiment, who was called up with the Reserves. Killed on Dec. 21st, 1914.

10 November 1916


On Sunday morning a memorial service to those who had fallen during the war from Sutton parish was held in St. Thomas’s Church, conducted by Rev. A.R. Light (vicar). About 60 members of the local Volunteer Corps were present, having met in the Friendly Societies’ Hall yard, under the leadership of Commander Clough. Special lessons were read and special psalms were sung. ‘O rest in the Lord’ was given on the organ by Mr. A.E. Foulds. The Vicar asked the congregation to offer prayers for the souls of those who had fallen. The following names were read out:– Privates Arnold Healey, F.W. Thompson, Walter Haggas, J.G. Bancroft, Evelyn Fisher, Tom Summerskill, Norman Riley, Henry Taylor, Lyall Taylor, R. Whitehall, E. Wilkinson, A.W. Tune, Lieut. Nelson Petty, and Capt. C.F. Horsfall.

The text from which the very sympathetic discourse was preached was 2nd Samuel, 1., 26, David’s lamentation over the death of his friend Jonathan. At the close of the very impressive service Chopin’s ‘Funeral March’ was given on the organ. At the close of the evening service, which was again conducted by the Vicar, the ‘Dead March’ in ‘Saul’ was played, and the National Anthem sung.

03 August 1917


DEDICATION OF ROLL OF HONOUR – A special service, reverent and very beautiful throughout, the dedication of the roll of honour, was conducted in St. Thomas’s Church on Sunday evening last by the vicar, Rev. A. R. Light. The roll of honour is a triptych, the top panel, a beautiful inlet picture representing ‘The Great Sacrifice.’ It contains the names of the fallen heroes, viz., Arnold Healey, F.W. Thompson, Norman Riley, Lyall Taylor, J.G. Bancroft, E. Wilkinson, Nelson Petty, W. Haggas, G. Sanderson, R. Whitehall, W. Hargreaves, T. Summerskill, A.W. Tune, C.F. Horsfall, Lewis Binns,Albert Binns, E. Fisher, and W. Blake Spencer. The left panel represents ‘The White Comrade,’ and the right ‘The watch on many waters,’ in very artistic colours. The large centre space contains the names of all who were residents in the Sutton parish and are still serving their King and country. The sermon was from the text, “Through God we shall do valiantly.” The large congregation left the church to the strains of the French National Anthem.

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