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Joseph Lyons Thompson

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  • Title
  • Forenames
    Joseph Lyons AWMM
  • Surname
    Thompson AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    Joe Thompson AWMM
  • Service number
    WWI 44803 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi / Hapū / Waka / Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    30 November 1890 AWMM BallymoneyAntrim AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    Pre 25 November 1916 AWMM 16 New Edendale Road, Kingsland, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    J. Thompson (father), 23 Hatfield Street, Primeau Road, Belfast, Ireland AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Pre 5 April 1917 AWMM Single AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
    • 1914-1919 Western Front AWMM
    • Le Quesnoy AWMM
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    WWI 44803 AWMM
  • Military service
    None AWMM
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

Military decorations

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Training and Enlistment

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Prisoner of war

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  • Capture details
  • Days interned
  • Liberation date
  • Liberation Repatriation
  • POW liberation details
  • POW serial number

Medical history

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  • Medical notes
    • Height, Unknown Period AWMM
      5 feet 4 inches AWMM
    • Weight, Unknown Period AWMM
      8 stone 7 pounds AWMM
    • Complexion, Unknown Period AWMM
      Fair AWMM
    • Eye colour, Unknown Period AWMM
      Blue AWMM
    • Hair colour, Unknown Period AWMM
      Brown AWMM
    • Killed in Action, Cause of Death AWMM

Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Joseph Thompson was the son of Robert Thompson, of Ballylough, Bushmills, County Antrim, Ireland.

    'By November 1918 the British were advancing quickly and Joseph was part of a medical unit going to set up a new medical aid post near the front lines. It was 7.00am on a misty morning. The mist was swirling and it suddenly cleared enough for them to be spotted by a German Machine Gun team 30 yards away. They opened fire and Joseph was hit in the side. The others managed to find cover at the road-side and were pinned down for an hour. By the time they got back to Joe, he was dead. He was buried close to where he fell and was later removed to Romeries Communal Cemetery where he lies today.

    His brother James, who was also in New Zealand, also served but survived the war. Another brother, William Thomas joined the R.A.F., but it is believed didn't see much action and emigrated to Dunedin in 1920.

    In October 1916, Joseph's father purchased another farm five miles away and the family moved from Ballybogey, where Joe had been born, to Ballylough. This meant that when Joe came home on leave in September 1918 he would not know where to come to. I can distinctly remember my father telling me that he walked from the new home to meet the train at Ballymoney, a distance of 8 miles, and they both walked home together.' as told by Joseph's nephew. AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
    4 November 1918 AWMM
    Age 29 AWMM
    Le QuesnoyFrance AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Romeries Communal Cemetery Extension, Nord, France AWMM IX. A. 8. AWMM
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
    Coleraine Chronicle, December 1918 AWMM
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference



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  • Memorial name
    • Mount Albert War Memorial Hall, 773 New North Road, Mount Albert Auckland 1025 AWMM
    • Auckland War Memorial Museum, World War 1 Hall of Memories AWMM

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  • External links
  • References
    • New Zealand Army Expeditionary Force. (1918). Nominal Rolls of New Zealand Expeditionary Force Volume III. Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      59: 19 AWMM
    • Thompson, R.T. (1996). Bushmill's heroes 1914 - 1918. Ireland: Author. AWMM
    • Thompson, R.T. (1999). Ballymoney Heroes. Ireland: Author. AWMM
    • Coleraine Chronicle AWMM
      Coleraine Chronicle, December 1918 AWMM
    • Information kindly provided by family AWMM
    • Roll of Honour, Auckland Province (digital copy), 1914 - 1919. Auckland War Memorial Museum Library. MS-2016-2. AWMM
    • Pugsley, C. (2018). Le Quesnoy, 1918 : New Zealand's Last Battle. Auckland, New Zealand : Oratia. AWMM
    • NZEF CASUALTIES — LE QUESNOY As noted in the Appendix of Dr Christopher Pugsley’s book: Le Quesnoy 1918: New Zealand’s Last Battle. This list was compiled by Richard Stowers and Herb Farrant, and added to by Christopher Pugsley. Please forward any additional names and details to the author through Oratia Media. The list covers period 1–7 November 1918 and those who died after from wounds received in this period. AWMM

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