Private Samuel Robert Thompson

 

Samuel Robert Thompson was born on 28 April 1891 at Teemore, Tandragee, County Armagh, one of five children of farmer Robert Thompson and his wife Mary Anne (née Fulton). At the time of the 1911 Census he was living at Killylea Town, Tynan, County Armagh, where he worked as a rural postman.

Thompson enlisted in the 6th (Inniskilling) Dragoons Service Squadron on 22 February 1915 (No. UD/216 – later Corps of Dragoons No.21260). The squadron, which had been formed as divisional cavalry for the 36th (Ulster) Division, embarked for France on 6 October 1915. At least thirty men, including Thompson, had embarked some days earlier, attached to 36th Division Headquarters, many if not all of them serving as batmen to senior officers.

Nothing more has been discovered about Thompson's service until 19 June 1917, when he was admitted to No.11 Casualty Clearing Station suffering from 'PUO' (pyrexia of unknown origin – often trench fever). It is probable that he was evacuated to the UK for treatment.

On 26 March 1918 Thompson was discharged 'being no longer physically fit for war service' (paragraph 392(xvi), King's Regulations). He was awarded a pension due to 'general debility – lateral curvature of the spine' which was determined to have been aggravated by his military service. In April 1920 his level of disability was assessed at 40 per cent. (This had improved to 20% by February 1921.)

 

This page last updated 14 August 2023.