Killed in Action on Friday, 15th September 1916, age 19.
Commemorated on Pier and Face 2 C and 3 A of Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France.
1st Bn., Leicestershire Regiment. 71st Brigade of 6th Division.
Born: Tipton, Enlisted: Tipton, Resident: Unknown.
First landed France & Flanders, 14th October 1915.
Medal entitlement: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal.
Soldier's Papers at National Archives did not survive.
Not commemorated on any Tipton memorial.
Commemorated here because identified as Tipton on 'Soldiers Died in the Great War'.
Link to Commonwealth War Graves Site: www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/815872/
Birth of Henry Leonard Thompson registered December quarter 1896 at Dudley.
33 New Cross Street, Tipton, Staffs.
Henry Thompson (42, Ironworker, born West Bromwich), his wife Alice (36, born Tipton), and their 4 children: Walter (9, born Tipton), Mabel (8, born Tipton), Maud (6, born Tipton), and Leonard (4, born Tipton).
22 New Cross Street, Tipton, Staffs.
Henry Thompson (51, Ironworker, born West Bromwich), his wife Alice (47, born Tipton), and 1 of their 4 surviving children of 8: Leonard (14, born Tipton).
After Henry's death, his outstanding army pay and allowances amounted to £2/15/9d (2 pounds, 15 shillings and 9 pence); payments of 18/7d (18 shillings and 7 pence) were made in January 1918 to his brother, Walter, and his 2 sisters, Mabel Gregory and Alice M. Aston. His War Gratuity was £5/10/0d (5 pounds and 10 shillings), this was paid to his brother Walter in November 1919. The value of the War Gratuity suggests that Henry had enlisted in approximately May 1915.
Still to be researched. Contact me if required.
Birmingham Daily Gazette 7th November 1916
Midlands Names in the Roll of Honour.
LEICESTERS. - Thompson, 17924, H.L., (Tipton).