Thompson family

My paternal grandfather and at least four of his brothers served in the First World War. John Alfred Thompson ( picture on left) died from wounds received at Gallipoli. My grandfather served in Palestine as a sniper with the Auckland Mounted Rifles. He taught his horse to lie down and he would shoot from the cover it provided. That's him in the centre photo with a less co-operative camel (with thanks to Phillip Thompson for this photo).

John Alfred Thompson
James Henry Thompson
George Percy Thompson

Descendants of William Thompson

Generation No. 1

1.  WILLIAM THOMPSON  was born 1823 in Ormskirk, Lancaster, and died December 09, 1896 in Cust, New Zealand.  He married SARAH COX February 09, 1852 in Penwortham, South Australia, daughter of JOHN COX and ELIZABETH.  She was born 1828 in Essex, and died June 06, 1902 in Linwood, Christchurch.

Obituary for WILLIAM THOMPSON: On Friday, at Cust, Mr William Thompson suddenly passed away at an advanced age. The deceased gentleman left England as a boy. He entered into service with the late Hon W. Robinson in 1846, came over to New Zealand with Mr Robinson in 1852, and after a short stay at Nelson and Lyttelton, went on to Cheviot, taking possession of that station with Messrs Robinson Bros., on August 4, 1856. He remained there eleven years, when he took up a farm at Cust, where he has since resided. He leaves a widow, six daughters and two sons. (Star 11 Dec 1896)

       

Children of WILLIAM THOMPSON and SARAH COX are:

 

i. LUCY THOMPSON was born in 1852 in Penwortham, Clare, South Australia. She died on 21 Jun 1930 in 86a Madras Street, Sydenham, Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand (Christchurch Press, 23 June 1930).

ii. WILLIAM HENRY THOMPSON was born on 06 Apr 1854 in Penwortham, Australia. He died in Sep 1929 in Cambridge, NZ. He married (1) ELIZABETH MARY LONDON, daughter of Charles LONDON and Mary Emily BLISS, on 03 May 1882 in Halcombe, Manawatu. She was born on 05 Mar 1857 in Dunolly, Victoria, Australia. She died on 27 Mar 1908 in Kimbolton, Manawatu. He married (2) HILDA MAY HOWARD on 21 Feb 1910 in Hamilton, New Zealand. She was born in 1884 in Taradale, NZ. She died on 25 Nov 1949 in Taradale.

iii. SARAH THOMPSON was born on 14 Jul 1855 in Clare, South Australia. She died on 26 Nov 1933 in Hamilton NZ. She married Robert Henry CARTER on 06 Jun 1874 in New Zealand. He died on 17 Oct 1939 in Hamilton, NZ.

iv. MARIA THOMPSON was born on 25 Apr 1857 in Cheviot, Canterbury, New Zealand. She died on 11 Jun 1918 in Dunedin, Otago, New Zealand. She married George HOLLAND, son of Charles Isaac HOLLAND and Alice HARRIS, on 29 Apr 1877 in Oxford, Canterbury, New Zealand. He died on 28 Nov 1918 in Dunedin, New Zealand.

v. JOHN THOMPSON was born on 25 Aug 1858 in Cheviot Hills, Amuri NZ. He died in 1937 in Raetihi, NZ. He married Laura MARTIN on 06 Apr 1880 in Ashburton NZ.

vi. ELIZA THOMPSON was born in 1860 in Cheviot Hills, Amuri NZ. She died on 25 Apr 1937 in Karori, Wellington, New Zealand. She married William WILLIAMS on 24 May 1883. He was born about 1860. He died on 10 Dec 1943 in Karori, Wellington, New Zealand.

vii. ELLEN THOMPSON was born in 1862. She died in Auckland NZ. She married John Davy PETERS on 13 Aug 1885.

viii. EDITH THOMPSON was born in 1864. She died in Cust NZ. She married William MIDGLEY on 26 Dec 1887.

ix. JAMES THOMPSON was born on 05 Jul 1869. He died on 13 Feb 1873 in Moeraki Downs NZ.

          

 

Generation No. 2

1. LUCY THOMPSON was born in 1852 in Penwortham, Clare, South Australia. She died on 21 Jun 1930 in 86a Madras Street, Sydenham, Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand (Christchurch Press, 23 June 1930).

Lucy THOMPSON had the following children:

i. JAMES HENRY THOMPSON was born on 30 Oct 1878 in Timaru, Canterbury, New Zealand. He died on 06 Apr 1879 in Timaru, Canterbury, New Zealand.

ii. MADALINE ANNIE THOMPSON was born on 09 Mar 1880 in Oamaru, New Zealand. She died on 10 Dec 1902 in Cust, Canterbury, New Zealand. She married Joseph Dickens, son of William Dickens and Emma Brogden, on 08 Apr 1901 in Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand (Witness: William Williams). He died in 1908 in Cust, Waimakariri District, Canterbury, New Zealand.

2.  WILLIAM HENRY THOMPSON was born April 06, 1854 in Penwortham, Australia, and died 1929.  He married (1) ELIZABETH MARY LONDON May 03, 1882 in Halcombe, NZ, daughter of CHARLES LONDON and MARY BLISS.  She was born 1857 in Dunolly, Victoria, Australia, and died March 27, 1908 in Kimbolton, NZ.  He married (2) HILDA HOWARD 1910. 

William Henry Thompson and Elizabeth Mary London

Children of WILLIAM THOMPSON and ELIZABETH LONDON are:

i.    FRANCIS HILLARY THOMPSON, b. 1883.

ii.    GEORGE PERCY THOMPSON, b. 1884.

iii.    HERBERT WILLIAM THOMPSON, b. 1886.

War:               World War I, 1914-1918

Serial No.:      11/932

First Known Rank:        Trooper

Next of Kin:   W.H. Thompson (father), Matiere, via Ongarue, New Zealand

Marital Status:               Single

Enlistment Address:      Ruahine, New Zealand

Military District:           Wellington

Body on Embarkation: 4th Reinforcements

Embarkation Unit:         Wellington Mounted Rifles

Embarkation Date:         17 April 1915

Place of Embarkation:    Wellington, New Zealand

Transport:     * HMNZT 21     * HMNZT 22     * HMNZT 23

Vessel:           Willochra or Knight Templar or Waitomo

Destination:   Suez, Egypt

Page on Nominal Roll:   721

Sources Used: Nominal Rolls of New Zealand Expeditionary Force Volume I. Wellington: Govt. Printer, 1914-1919

                 iv.  JOHN ALFRED THOMPSON, b. 1891; d. April 29, 1915, on H.M.T. "Galeka" of gun shot wound received in action at Gallipoli.

                      Buried at Sea.

THOMPSON, JOHN ALFRED

Initials:           J A

Nationality:   Australian

Rank:             Private

Regiment/Service:          Australian Infantry, A.I.F.

Unit Text:      16th Bn.

Date of Death:               29/04/1915

Service No:    673

Casualty Type:             Commonwealth War Dead

Grave/Memorial Reference:  57      LONE PINE MEMORIAL

 

    v.    ADELAIDE ELSIE GLADYS THOMPSON, b. 1892; d. 1893

  vi.    JAMES HENRY THOMPSON, b. June 16, 1894; d. December 15, 1969; m. IVY PEARL DEIHL, July 06, 1921, Mangaweka; b. February 12,

          1892; d. December 10, 1969.

Notes for JAMES HENRY THOMPSON:

Full Name:     James Henry Thompson

Forename(s): James Henry

Surname:        Thompson

War:                               World War I, 1914-1918

Serial No:       13/2379

First Known Rank:        Lance Corporal

Next of Kin:   W.H. Thompson (father), Matiere, via Ongarue, New Zealand

Marital Status:               Single

Enlistment Address:Frankton Junction, New Zealand

Military District:           Auckland

Body on Embarkation:Samoan Advance Party 8th Reinforcements

Embarkation Unit:         Auckland Mounted Rifles

Embarkation Date:  15 August 1914, 13 November 1915

Place of Embarkation: Wellington, New Zealand

Transport:     HMNZT 1, HMNZT 2, HMNZT 35, HMNZT 36

Vessel:           Moeraki or Monowai

                       Willochra or Tofua

Destination:   Apia, Samoa

                       Suez, Egypt

Page on Nominal Roll: 722

James Henry Thompson with shooting trophies

Sources Used: Nominal Rolls of New Zealand Expeditionary Force Volume I. Wellington: Govt. Printer, 1914-1919

 

                vii.    ROWLAND HUIA THOMPSON, b. 1897; d. 1946.

Notes for ROWLAND HUIA THOMPSON:

Full Name:      Rowland Huia Thompson

Forename(s): Rowland Huia

Surname:        Thompson

War:               World War I, 1914-1918

Serial No.:      68290

First Known Rank:        Private

Occupation before Enlistment:      Farm hand

Next of Kin:   W.H. Thompson (father), P.O. Box 21, Matiere, New Zealand

Body on Embarkation: New Zealand Expeditionary Force

Embarkation Unit:         36th Reinforcements D Company

Embarkation Date:         2 May 1918

Place of Embarkation:    Wellington, New Zealand

Transport:     Balmoral Castle 2 May 1918

Vessel:           Balmoral Castle

Nominal Roll Number: 81

Page on Nominal Roll:   19

Sources Used: Nominal Rolls of New Zealand Expeditionary Force Volume IV. Wellington: Govt. Printer, 1919

 

               viii.    CHARLES EUGENE IRAM THOMPSON, b. 1899.

                  ix.    VERA HARVEY THOMPSON, b. 1902, New Plymouth (adopted).

       

Children of WILLIAM THOMPSON and HILDA HOWARD are:

                   x.    ONSLOW WILLIAM STOKES THOMPSON, d. 1969, Whangarei.

                  xi.    WINIFRED MARY THOMPSON.

 

3.  MARIA THOMPSON was born 1857 in Cheviot, New Zealand, and died June 11, 1918 in Dunedin NZ.  She married GEORGE HOLLAND 1877 in Cust, New Zealand, son of CHARLES HOLLAND and ALICE HARRIS.  He died November 28, 1918 in Dunedin.

     Children of MARIA THOMPSON and GEORGE HOLLAND are:

                   i.    LUCY EVA HOLLAND, b. January 09, 1878, Walthan, Christchurch NZ; d. June 17, 1941, Dunedin NZ; m. CHARLES WILLIAM

                         SELL.

                  ii.    JAMES HOLLAND, b. April 02, 1879, Bennetts Oxford NZ; d. June 22, 1959, New Plymouth NZ; m. MAUD SWAN, January 07,

                        1905, Dunedin NZ; b. August 19, 1882, Dunedin NZ; d. November 22, 1949, Christchurch NZ.

                 iii.    GEORGE HERBERT HOLLAND, b. November 03, 1881, Palmerston, Otago NZ.

                 iv.    EDWARD DOUGLES HOLLAND, b. March 09, 1883, Palmerston, Otago NZ.

                  v.    EDITH MAY HOLLAND, b. May 01, 1885, Dunedin NZ.

                 vi.    ELLEN MABLE HOLLAND, b. November 28, 1887, Dunedin NZ; m. JOHN THOMPSON, 1908, Dunedin NZ.

                vii.    JOHN FREDERICK HOLLAND, b. May 28, 1890, Dunedin NZ.