Private George Thomson

Private George Thomson, 3rd Battalion, Australian Infantry. He was killed in action in France, aged 36, on the 26th August 1918 during the ” Advance to Victory”. He had been born in Hobkirk, Roxburghshire and was the son of Mary and the late Robert Thomson of Sharplaw, Jedburgh and 2 Exchange Street, Jedburgh. before enlisting in March 1916 he had been employed as a ship’s steward living in New South Wales. He joined his Battalion in France in February 1917 and was then wounded in May and again in October re-joining his Battalion in April 1918. He is buried in Heath Cemetery, Harbonniers, Somme, France. on 26 August the Battalion were in positions near Canard Wood when his shelter was struck by a shell. The photos show Allied troops advancing after the retreating German Army in the final 100 days of the War. ( his two brothers Charles and Robert also fell – see below ).

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