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IanA
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Sat May 23, 2020 10:48 am

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This is a subaltern (2nd Lieutenant) of the King's (Liverpool) Regiment. He looks very smart and is obviously fresh out of the box. Unfortunately, I don't know anything about him and am just posting it because it is a good photo taken in Bootle but if anyone could identify him....
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Sat May 23, 2020 6:36 pm

Give us a Clue , Billy ! ?
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Sat May 23, 2020 6:45 pm

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G,E, Thompson 2nd Lt kings
what do you think???
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IanA
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Sat May 23, 2020 7:10 pm

You might have something there. A later photo perhaps - his cap has lost its crispness. Thanks, Bob.
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Sat May 23, 2020 8:34 pm

Great photos Ian and Bob, and a very good find from you Bob. :wink: :D :D
Cheers Joe.
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Sat May 23, 2020 10:42 pm

Ask Kathy Thompson on Liverpool History Facebook site or Joe Devereux of the Kings Regt site at Pier Head or the Genies on WW1 site on Rootschat.
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Sun May 24, 2020 8:13 am

Thanks Joe to try and find who this is is guesswork
I went through hundreds of photos from the kings and this was the best matching
I might not be Sherlock Holmes but if I can find info from traceable sources
There are other photos if Ian wants them I will put them on
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Sun May 24, 2020 11:46 am

IanA wrote:
Sat May 23, 2020 10:48 am
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This is a subaltern (2nd Lieutenant) of the King's (Liverpool) Regiment. He looks very smart and is obviously fresh out of the box. Unfortunately, I don't know anything about him and am just posting it because it is a good photo taken in Bootle but if anyone could identify him....
I have found that Needle in a Haystack.!

George Eric Thompson born March Quarter 1896 at Church Road, Huyton with Roby
to Berwick on Tweed born Solicitor George Henderson Thompson and Leeds born Gertrude Fanny Thompson nee Grahl they married in Leeds in March Quarter 1895
George Eric was their first born of two Children, Gerald Conrad Thompson came along in 1903
The 1901 Census shows George aged 5 with his Parents and 3 Servants at Church Rd, Huyton with Roby
The 1911 Census shows George aged 15 at school at Harrow.

31 August 1914 he enlists into the 17th Pals King's Liverpool Regt as a Pte.
He was 5 foot 8 inches in height
Weighed 133 IBS
Chest 37 and a half inches
Brown Eyes
Hair Brown
Religion was Church of England

On 23 June 1915 he was promoted to Lance Corporal

On 30 July 1915 after 334 days he was discharged to attend Officers Training Course.

"On 3rd September 1916 now a 2nd Lt in the 12th Btn of the King's Liverpool Regt zero hour was set for 12 noon for the attack on Guillemont throughput the previous day the 2nd British Guns had shelled it violently.
At 9 a.m. the 12th Btn moved forward to Assembly Trenches east of Bernafay Wood
At 8.25 p.m.Brigade HQ received a message that two companies of the 12th Btn were holding the line in Trenches south east on Ginchy
The 12th Btn had lost 187 men of all ranks after being very heavily shelled and those remaining were relieved at 5.30 a.m. on 5th September 1916 Guillemont finally taken by us on 5th September by the blood of gallant men."


Aged 20 2nd Lt. George Eric Thompson of the 12th Btn King's was one of those Casualties and his body never found.

He is Commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial on the Somme Pier and Face 1D 8B and 8C

His parents of The Barn, Formby were notified and his Army Pay, Pension sent to them.

I have been in contact with the Administrator of the Liverpoolpals website and these findings will be included in our Roll of Honour for him shortly as he had been a former Pal before transfer to the 12th Btn

He should already be on the Touch screen Devereux Database at the King's Medal Tower on the 1st floor at the Museum of Liverpool Life at the Pier Head

Hope this helps.

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Sun May 24, 2020 1:08 pm

He was already on our site Administrator just confirmed with a little info which will now be updated.


https://www.liverpoolpals.com/soldier/? ... c-thompson
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Mon May 25, 2020 3:44 pm

Thanks very much, Alamo, a very fine biography. I have to say that I'm not 100% convinced that Thompson is the chap in my photo - the eyebrows look different - but it is close. Interesting that an officer in the 12th Bn is wearing the 'ruptured duck' badge of the Pals' rather than the rearing horse of the LKR.

An aside - my grandfather (a shunter with the MD&HB and living in Seaforth) was conscripted into the Border Regiment but, after completing training and having been shipped out to France, he was booted into the 1/5th Kings!

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Tue May 26, 2020 5:20 pm

IanA

The Photo BOBHAMO found of him in the Officer's Cap was taken when he was in the 17th Pals hence the Eagle and Child Badge

Your photo was taken upon his transfer as a 2nd Lt. to the 12th Btn King's Liverpool Regt hence the Horse of Hanover Badge


Regarding your Granddad being Conscripted into the Border Regt.

This happened alot once Conscription came in during 1916 you didn't have a choice what Regt you wanted you Enlisted into a Depleted Regt.

Some of my Relatives coming of age in 1916 were Conscripted into the Scottish Seaforth Highlanders.
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