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Major John Herbert Oliver-Thompson

John Herbert Oliver-Thompson was the son of Henry and Alice Marian Thompson, of Chestnut Grove, Bootle, Liverpool.

He attended Trinity College, Dublin, where, in 1914, he joined the Officers’ Training Corps. He was gazetted 2nd Lieutenant to the 11th and then to the 4th South Staffordshire Regiment where he was given machine gun training.


He went to France early in 1916 as a Machine Gun Officer and was promoted to Lieutenant later in 1916, to Captain in 1917, and to Major in 1918, just days after his 22nd birthday.


Oliver-Thompson served at the Somme in 1916, at the Ancre, Ypres, and Bourbon Wood. He was killed in action on 21 March 1918. Three of his sergeants had fallen wounded and, in going out to their rescue, he was struck down by a shell.


Major Oliver-Thompson was a member of LOL No. 881, Birmingham.


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