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Thompson, John Thomas (3486)

Place of Birth: Port Melbourne, VIC

Age: 26 years 9 months

Enlistment Details: Monday, 5 July 1915 – Melbourne, VIC

Service Number: 3486            view online service record

203 Albert Street
Port Melbourne, VIC

Next of Kin:
Mrs E Thomas (mother)
203 Albert Street
Port Melbourne, VIC

Embarkation Details:
Date: Monday, 11 October 1915
Ship: HMAT Nestor A71
Port: Adelaide, SA
Unit: 8th Infantry Battalion – 11th Reinforcements

KIA: Thursday, 4 October 1917
Place: Belgium

Private, 6 Infantry, killed in action 4 October, 1917, Belgium, aged 28, commemorated Dochy Farm New British Cemetery, Passchendaele, Belgium.

Parents: Stephen (late), Arthur THOMAS (step-father) and Mrs Ellen THOMAS (previously THOMPSON, born Port Melbourne, educated St Joseph’s RC, Port Melbourne. Thompson was a 26 year-old baker when he enlisted with his mother shown at 203 Albert Street. He spent just on five months in Camp at Flemington and Broadmeadows but for reasons unknown appears to have embarked with a number of other Victorian reinforcements from Adelaide. His mother returned the circular from Albert Street as Mrs Ellen THOMAS. Only son of Stephen and Ellen, one sister, Nellie.

Additional research by Brian Membrey

J Thompson was listed on the Swimming Club Roll of Honour, 25 November 1916.

1916 ‘ROLL OF HONOR.’, Port Melbourne Standard (Vic. : 1914 – 1920), 25 November, p. 2. , viewed 04 Nov 2016,

1917 ‘A SOLDIER FROM SWALLOW’S.’, Port Melbourne Standard (Vic. : 1914 – 1920), 19 May, p. 4. , viewed 05 Apr 2017,

1917 ‘Pte. John Thompson.’, Port Melbourne Standard (Vic. : 1914 – 1920), 24 November, p. 4. , viewed 13 Oct 2017, *

* Although this report lists that Private John Thompson was Killed in Action on 4 November 1917, his official service record lists his death on 4 October 1917.


  • Brian Membrey
    Posted February 20, 2017 3.51 pm 0Likes

    “I knew Casualty. He was a man about 5 ft. 9 ins, well built, fair complexion, about 28 years of age, known as “Jack”., his people live in Port Melbourne. Casualty was advancing at Broonsiende Ridge and had taken the first objective and was just on second objective when a H.E. shell exploded, killing him instantaneously and C.S.M. Richardson. I was wounded by the same shell. His chief wounds were about the body and head. I was a foot away at the time of his death and Casualty and myself were looking at a map. I do not know where he was buried. Casualty and myself were the best of pals and had been together right through and I would very much like to hear from his people” (Informat; D McLeod, 3419, Ward 5. A.G.H., Caulfield)

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