Malvern College First World War Casualty

2nd Lieut John Thompson DCM

Photo of John Thompson
House and time at Malvern: No 4, 1908 - 1910.

Regiment: Royal Flying Corps.
Died: 16 October 1916 aged 23 in France. Killed in action over enemy lines.
Battle: Battle of the Somme. Cemetery: Lebucquiere Military cemetery III B 27

Son of Charles Frederick and Maria Thompson, Churchfield House, West Bromwich, and 109A, Adelaide Rd., Hampstead. b. 1893.
Upper IV B—Modern III.
Engineering Student.
Great War, Private H.A.C. 1914; 2nd Lieutenant R.F.C.
Killed in action October 16, 1916; D.C.M., Despatches.

'He left School early owing to the claims of business, but in the short time that he was at Malvern, his happy disposition and unassuming character made him a well-liked member of his House. Early in the war he joined the H.A.C. as a Private, and was subsequently promoted Lance-Corporal. In June 1915, after seeing much fighting and being wounded in one of the fiercest engagements of the year, he was awarded the D.C.M. Later he obtained a commission in the R.F.C. Engaged in offensive patrol work he took part in various successful bombing raids over the enemy's lines. From one of these, last October, his machine failed to return. His death was officially reported on March 19th.' (Malvernian, Apr 1917).