Private Thomas Thompson (alias Logan)


The background of this North Irish Horseman is not known at present, other than that he was born around 1897, probably in Scotland.

Thomas Thompson (or Logan) joined the North Irish Horse in the latter part of the war, probably having been posted there from a reserve cavalry regiment at the Curragh (Regimental Nos H/35907 and H/39520).

He embarked for France in late 1917 or 1918, where he was posted to one of the squadrons of the 1st North Irish Horse Regiment, which from March 1918 served as corps cyclist regiment to V Corps.

Thompson was discharged on 4 April 1919. He was awarded a pension, due to tuberculosis of the spine and other illnesses, which were attributed to his military service.

At some point after the war he lived in Glasgow, and at Birgidale Cottage, Kingarth, Bute.

Pension records suggest that he died around 1925. It is possible, therefore, that he was the Thomas Logan, ink-maker's labourer and Army pensioner, of 80 North Watson Street, Glasgow, who died in the Richill Hospital due to tuberculosis of the lungs, aged 26. (His death certificate records his parents as rubber works labourer William Logan (deceased) and Mary Ann Logan (afterwards McCready)).