THOMSON, Samuel Ewart

No.80286, Shoeing Smith, Samuel Ewart THOMSON
Aged 24

Essex Yeomanry
formerly 1282, Essex Yeomanry
Killed in Action on Wednesday, 11th April 1917

Samuel Ewart Thomson was born on 29th July 1892 in Troqueer, Dumfries,Scotland (L:113), son of Samuel Ewart and Agnes THOMSON (née SMELLIE).

1901 census...Aged 8, he was at Home House Farm, Stradishall with his father Samuel Ewart THOMSON [45] farmer born Dunscore, Scotland ; his mother Agnes [43] born Wigtonshire, Scotland; sisters Chrissie [12]; Mary [11], Allison [10]; brother William [6]. The children were all born in Troqueer, Dumfries

1911 census...Aged 18, working on father's farm, he was at Home House Farm, Stradishall with his parents, sister Chrissie and brother William, also working on father's farm. All 5 siblings survive

He enlisted in Colchester. From his 1st number he would have enlisted in August 1914. He arrived in France just 8 days too late to be awarded the 1914 Star, but the ribbons for the 1914 Star and the 1914-1915 Star are the same.
According to the book "10th PWO Royal Hussars and the Essex Yeomanry" by Lt Col Whitmore, in the Battle for Monchy le Preux, they had 19 killed, 106 wounded and 10 missing. The missing apparently were all killed, since CWGC has the death toll at 29, only one has an identified grave.

The Bury Free Press of 2nd June 1917 :-
In our last issue we recorded the melancholy particulars of the death in action of Staff-Sergeant Samuel Ewart Thompson, elder son of Mr and Mrs S.E.Thompson of Home House, Stradishall. The deceased soldier was but 24 years of age, was in the Essex Yeomanry. He volunteered his services almost immediately was was declared. The date of his untimely death was April 11

Yet to find the previous week's copy of the Free Press.

photo: Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Samuel Thomson is commemorated on the Arras memorial, Faubourg d'Amiens bay 1

click here to go to the Commonwealth War Graves Commission website for full cemetery/memorial details