Percy Herbert Thompson


Dec 15, 1892

Born at East Dereham England


Jan 15, 1916

Attested into the 168th Battalion at Ingersoll Ontario 

Ø      Number 675257
Ø      Next of kin given as Mr Wm Thompson (father) of Burgesville Ontario
Ø      Occupation given as “Farmer”
Ø      Single
Ø      No previous military service noted
Ø      Religion give as “Church of England”
Ø      No scars or marks noted


Oct 9, 1916

Ø      Father declared to be alive, living at Burgesville Ontario, later changed to Mount Elgin Ontario, then again changed to PO Box 150, Ingersoll Ontario

Ø      Mother, Eva Thompson, declared to be alive, living at 43 Ladysmith Terrace, Baxter Row, East Dereham, Norfolk, England

Ø      Stated that he is insured by the “Independent Order of Forresters” and that arrangements have been made to pay the premiums


Oct 30, 1916

Embarked SS Lapland at Halifax


It appears that the Lapland did not sail until Nov 1st.


Nov 1, 1916

Pay assignment of $20 per month made to his father, Wm Thompson, at Verschoyle Ontario


Nov 11, 1916

Disembarked at Liverpool


Dec 5, 1916

Transferred to 39th Battalion


Jan 4, 1917

Transferred to 6th Reserve Battalion


Apr 17, 1917

Drafted to 21st Battalion


Apr 18, 1917

TOS 21st Battalion at CBD


Apr 21, 1917

Left to join unit


Apr 24, 1917

Joined 21st Battalion in the field


Aug 15, 1917

Missing after action and reported Killed in Action at Lens - SOS accordingly


Sep 27, 1917

Reported now as a Prisoner of War at Limburg


Oct 12, 1917

Now reported held at Dulmen


Jan 10, 1918

Reported transferred to Munster West Phalia, Lager “L”


Dec 4, 1918

TOS EORD at Witley on being repatriated.


Feb 7, 1919

TOS 6th Reserve Battalion on reporting from EORD


Feb 8, 1919

Posted to 6th Reserve Battalion from EORD


Mar 28, 1919

Medical Board Report 

Ø      Disease or injury reported as “DOH”, caused by conditions while prisoner of war in Germany
Ø      Complains of weakness, dizzy spells, and shortness of breath on exertion which first happened while being held prisoner and was excused duty for one week
Ø      Has been bothered ever since with it
Ø      Reports that he had a dislocated shoulder and broken arm in 1911 which restricts arm movement
Ø      Disability expected to last 6 months
Ø      No treatment recommended
Ø      Recommended for return to Canada


Apr 2, 1919

SOS 6th Reserve Battalion on transfer to MD Wing No 1 at Kimnel Park, Rhyl


Apr 3, 1919

TOS MDCWI at Rhyl for processing pending return to Canada


Apr 12, 1919

TOS No 1 District Depot, Disposal Station K and embarked the “Adriatic” for Canada


Apr 20, 1919

Disembarked  at Halifax


Apr 23, 1919

Discharged at No 1 District Depot, London Ontario 

Ø      War Service Badge Class “A”, No 259770
Ø      Proposed address on discharge

o       Box 150

o       Ingersoll Ontario


Sep 22, 1922

British War Medal and Victory Medal sent to Box 150 Ingersoll Ontario


Jul 11, 1979

Accounting of Disclosure of Information form 

Ø      Disclosure of service record was requested to establish eligibility for Prisoner of War Compensation

Ø      Two service numbers recorded

o       675257

o       L97705 

The second service number would indicate to me that he served for a period after 1919, most likely during the Second World War. 



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