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William Phillips Thompson

Nominal Roll Vol 2 (Roll 37), Page: 6 - No known copyright restrictions

Nominal Roll Vol 2 (Roll 37), Page: 6 - No known copyright restrictions


  • Title
  • Forenames
    William Phillips AWMM
  • Surname
    Thompson AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    WWI 15468 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi / Hapū / Waka / Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    T.J. Thompson (father), Heretaunga Street, Hastings, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status


Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
    Messines AWMM
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    WWI 15468 AWMM
  • Military service
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Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    WW1 Unknown AWMM Surveyor AWMM
  • Occupation before enlistment
  • Age on 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
    Died of wounds, Cause of Death AWMM

Biographical information

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  • William Thompson was the son of Thomas John and Elizabeth Aikin Thompson, of "Rangimarie," 607 Havelock Rd., Hastings, New Zealand.

    New Zealand at the Front ( a magazine written and published and illustrated in France by men of the New Zealand Division) 1917 issue, page141. AWMM


About death

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  • Death
    7 June 1917 AWMM
    Age 26 AWMM
    BelgiumEurope AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
    Messines (now Mesen), Belgium Public - Shane - Direct descendant - 17 February 2018 - Hastings Standard, Vol VII, Issue 270, 8 Sep 1917
  • Cause of death
    • Died of wounds AWMM
    • Shot by machine-gun fire at the battle of Messines Public - Shane - Direct descendant - 17 February 2018 - Hastings Standard, Vol VII, Issue 270, 8 Sep 1917
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary


    A BRAVE SOLDIER. The following letters, received by Mr and Mrs T. J. Thompson, Hastings, bear testimony to the fine qualities and bravery of their son, the late Lieut. W. Thompson, who was killed in action while leading his men in the great Messines battle :- Brigadier General Braithwaite, at Headquarters, France writes: ''l knew your son well, and he is a great loss, not only to his own battalion, but "to the New Zealand Division. I can only hope and trust that as time goes on, the memory of his life and glorious death at the head of his men, may be an abiding comfort to you and yours."

    Captain M. J. Morrison writes :- "Your son has been with me in the company for some time and was a very popular, efficient and jovial officer. His continual cheerfulness made him a great assistance in strenuous times. He was shot by machine-gun fire at the battle of Messines, on the morning of 7th June and died on the field very shortly afterwards. He was buried where he fell near the town of Messines. We all mourn the loss of a brave man endowed with courage and a great deal of common sense. He was bravely leading his men when he fell and thus died while fulfilling his duty. I cannot express in words my sympathy with you in your loss. Colonel Stewart our C. O. always spoke very highly of your son's worth. Truly he was a man of whom you can be proud."

    Note : Captain M. J. Morrison has since made the supreme sacrifice. His death was announced in the Tribune last Friday.

    Sister G. Meddins N.Z.A.N.S. writes from Brokenhurst, England: Billy was one of my friends, and feel his death keenly I had a letter from him written on May 29th, saying he was very much disappointed over being sent down to the school of instruction for a month, as he would probably miss the great "stunt." I got a fearful shock on seeing his name on the casualty lists. Since then I've had a talk with one of the off Public - Shane - Direct descendant - 17 February 2018 - Hastings Standard, Vol VII, Issue 270, 8 Sep 1917
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  • Memorial name
    Messines Ridge (New Zealand) Memorial, Messines Ridge British Cemetery, Belgium AWMM

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DateFirst namesLocationRelationshipContact
01 April 2023Ian BanksTaumarunui New ZealandResearcher
02 February 2023ShaneAklOther relative
01 September 2017Shane RichardChrishall, UKDirect descendant

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