BORN HULL 1897. AKA 'TED'. SON OF GEORGE & LOUISA ELLEN THOMPSON - 157 CRAVEN ST (1911 CENSUS) & ABOVE. HDM 4/7/19. SAW MILL WORKER.
Hull Pals Memorial Post. PRIVATE GEORGE EDWIN THOMPSON 10204. Born in 1897, George was the sixth of eight children to George and Louisa Thompson of 157 Craven Street, Holderness Road, Hull. A Saw Mill Labourer by trade, he joined the 11th Battalion East Yorkshire Regiment, 'The Commercials', 2nd Hull Pals, and while his Attestment form appears to have been destroyed during The Blitz when the records office took a hit from a Nazi bomb, his medal records suggest he may have been a soldier prior to the war, at the very least a Territorial as they have him qualifying for his medals early in 1915. George was killed in action on 27th March 1918 during the German Spring Offensive, and his body was never recovered; his name is commemorated on the Arras Memorial; he was 21 years old. His medal records do reveal one sad fact, one that sadly often appears on the form, a footnote from Army Records to say the family has requested the medals be disposed of: they didn't wish to receive all that remained of their son. It must simply have been to much to bear.