No.4444, Private, Frank THOMPSON
Aged 39

7th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment
Died of his Wounds on Monday, 14th October 1918

Born in 1879 Frank EVERETT (1st qtr Risbridge 4a:502) son of Henry Charles Thompson and Eliza EVERETT (née WEBB)

1881 census...Aged 2, he was in Withersfield with his father Henry THOMPSON [42] bricklayer; his mother Eliza [40]; brothers Harry [13], John [11], William [8], and Arthur [6]. All were born in Withersfield.

1891 census...For some reason the family name has reverted to EVERETT, Aged 12, Frank was in Withersfield with his parents; brothers, William (hair weaver), Arthur (farm labourer) and George [9]; sisters Lily [5] and cousin Lily TILYARD [4].

1901 census...Aged 22, he was in the Army in South Africa where he was awarded clasps for Cape Colony, Orange |Free State and Transvaal to his Queen's South Africa medal and South Africa 1901 and South Africa 1902 to his Kings South Africa medal.

He married Witchford born Etheldreda POND [26-1-1877] in October 1908.

1911 census...Aged 33, married, a batman in the Suffolk Regiment at the Depot in Bury St.Edmunds with his wife and their children, Frank Everett [5-7-1909] born Parkhurst, Isle of Wight, Edward Victor [24-1-1911] born Bury St.Edmunds.
His family were later at Reed's Buildings, Chalk Lane, Bury St.Edmunds. Their daughter Gwendoline Florence [30-10-1913] was born in Bury St.Edmunds. His widow later moved to 15 Cedar Wood, Witchford, Cambs.

He enlisted in Bury June 1896 in Bury St.Edmunds. He gave his age as 18 years 6 months, a labourer born Withersfield. 5 feet 4.3 inches tall, 124 lbs in weight, chest 34 to 36 inches, grey eyes, brown hair, Church of England.
In Aden in August 1907 he signed to complete 21 years in the colours. In January 1910 he was posted to Reserve battalion and 21st August 1914 to 3rd Battalion and on 2th August 1914 to 7th Battalion, electing to draw pension whilst still serving, he was posted to Depot on 13th January 1916.

In the Great War, in 7th Battalion, he embarked Folkstone 30th May 1915. He received a severe wound in the back on 13th October and via 37th Field Ambulance and 58 (West Riding) C.C.S reached No2 Canadian General Hospital at Le Treport on 27th October and was evacuated per HS "Brighton" to UK on 14th January 1916.

Frank Thompson is buried in Bury St.Edmunds Cemetery compartment 34 grave 100A

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