Thompson Joseph Ronald Cpl 4456200

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Name Thompson Joseph Ronald
Army number 4456200
Rank Corporal
Decorations None known beyond Service Awards.
Date of birth Born 1912/13.
Age 27 at the time of his death.
Unit Joined The Durham Light Infantry, Territorial Army, no enlistment date known, but this was probably Spring 1939, judging by his Regimental Number. Posted ? 9th Bn DLI. Posted ? 12th Bn DLI - probably 1/9/1939. Transferred to the Black Watch 1/2/1940, and posted to 1st Tyneside Scottish. Served BEF. KILLED in ACTION 20/5/40, Authority R. Casualty while with 1st Tyneside Scottish.
Company/Battery Not yet known.
Platoon or other sub-unit Not yet known.
Task or role Not yet ascertained - possibly Platoon Sergeant.
Joined Brigade Probably 1/9/1939.
Promotions Sergeant (yet to be confirmed).
Wounded Not known definitively - he may have died of wounds.
Prisoner of War No - not likely.
Died/Killed in action Killed in Action 20/5/1940 at Ficheux. Commemorated on Column 66, DUNKIRK MEMORIAL. Several of the Ficheux casualties were unable to be identified, which may be why he does not have a marked headstone. It is possible that he is buried in one of the unidentified graves in Bucquoy Road Cemetery.
Home address 50, Charlton St. Gateshead, Son of William and Alice Thompson, husband of Isobel Marie Thompson. Married Isabel Middlemiss 7/1937 at Houghton (to be confirmed). Lived at 4, Loweswater Road, Low Fell, Gateshead.
Source table 1TS

Dunkirk Memorial

The common nature of his name, and the frequent variations in spelling, made definitive identification of genealogical information more difficult - leading to the need for some confirmation of facts mentioned above.