Warrant Officer Class 2
William James Thompson

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About William James 'Jamie'

  • Name
    William James 'Jamie'
  • Initials
    WJ
  • Surname
    Thompson
  • Date of Birth
    1872
  • Birth town
  • Resided town
  • Commemorated
  • Nationality
  • Place of death
  • Date of death
  • Married
  • Occupation

Service Information

  • Army

  • Service Number
    329/205373
  • Rank
    Warrant Officer Class 2
  • Regiment
    Royal Field Artillery

Biography

William James Thompson passed through Peterborough East Station on 25 May 1916.  He signed the book “Jamie Thompson”, and was Battery Quartermaster Sergeant with the 2/1st Renfrewshire Battery, Royal Field Artillery (RFA), based in Norwich.

“The Renfrewshire Batteries, RFA were units of the Territorial Force with their Headquarters in South Street, Greenock. They consisted of the 1st and 2nd Renfrewshire Batteries and their Ammunition Column, which together made up the 3rd (Howitzer) Highland Brigade, RFA. They were recalled to home base from their annual camp, and mobilised for full time war service on 5 August 1914. Several units were sent to France as reinforcements for the British Expeditionary Force between November 1914 and March 1915.”  http://bit.ly/2k4e8GX

This would correspond to Williams’s medal record which states he went to France on 9 March 1915.

“The rest of the Division proceeded to France in early May 1915. The Division concentrated in the area of Lillers, Busnes and Robecq and were rushed to the defence of Ypres, being in action until the 19 May when they moved to Estaires on the River Lys. They were in action in the Battle of Festubert and the Second Action of Givenchy before moving south to The Somme taking over the line near Hamel. In 1916 they were in action in the Battles of the Somme, including the attacks on High Wood.”   http://bit.ly/2k4e8GX

We have been unable to trace William’s service record, but from his medal records we learn that William went on to join the Tank Corps as Company Sergeant Major.  He was awarded the 15 Star, British War and Allied Victory Medals.

It has been difficult to trace William’s earlier life, but as the Renfrewshire Batteries, RFA had their Headquarters in South Street, Greenock, it may suggest that he came from the Greenock area of Scotland.  If so, we have found a record of a William James Thompson born in 1872 in Ireland to parents William and Ann Thompson living in East Shaw Street, Greenock in 1891.  However, this would need to be confirmed.

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