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Joseph Frederick Thompson (1890-1917)

Carlisle man served with 18th DLI commemorated on the Arras Memorial

Joseph Frederick Thompson, the son of Daniel and Agnes Thompson, was born in High Heskett, Carlisle in August 1890. He had four brothers and three sisters and lived in the Carlisle area all his life, where he worked as a draper’s assistant until he enlisted in the 18th Battalion (The Pals) Durham Light Infantry in September 1914. He was promoted to acting lance-corporal in November 1915 and landed in Egypt a month later. In March 1916 he landed in France and was promoted firstly to lance-corporal and then to corporal. He was killed in action at Gavrelle on 3 May 1917 and is commemorated on the Arras and Crook Memorials, and in the Durham Cathedral Durham Light Infantry Book of Remembrance.

Birth date: Aug-1890

Death date: 3-May-1917

Armed force/civilian: Army

Residence: Wharton House, Castle Sowerby, Cumberland (1891 census)
69 Greystone Road, Botchergate, Carlisle (1901 census)
128 Greystone Road, Carlisle (1911 census)

Employment: Clothier’s Assistant (1911 census)

Family: Father: Daniel Dixon Thompson
Mother: Agnes Thompson (nee Parker)
Siblings: John Henry, William, Ethel Dixon, Margaret Jane, Daniel Dixon, Agnes Annie & Isaac Parker Thompson

Military service:

18th Battalion (The Pals) Durham Light Infantry
Regimental number: 18/622

Medal(s): 1915 Star
British War Medal
Victory Medal

Memorial(s): Arras Memorial, Bay 8
Crook Town Centre 1914-1918 Cenotaph
St Catherine’s Church, Crook 1914-1918 Rood Screen & Plaque
Durham Cathedral DLI Book of Remembrance

Gender: Male

Contributed by John Sheen, Durham at War Volunteer | John Edwards