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JJen

Gnr Leonard James Edward Thompson, age 17

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JJen

I only know Gnr Leonard James Edward Thompson  through this souvenir pendant from Ypres I found in an antique shop. Leonard was so kind and smart to write all his info inside which helped me find the bit of info I did. My only wish is to have a photo of him and more records of his service. He died of his wounds on this day, May 11, 1916. He is not forgotten. 

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Coldstreamer
Posted (edited)

local papers are your best bet - this may help

 

Residence Peckham, S.E.

 

Enlistment placeCamberwell, S.E.

 

 

also found a note on fmp from someone who has his dog tags

 

https://www.findmypast.co.uk/transcript?id=GBM%2FLIVES%2F4419582

Edited by Coldstreamer

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JJen

Yes, Ive found that he lived with his Grandmother in Walberswick and there is a memorial with his name in the church there. Ive also seen that dogtag post but unfortunately whoever posted that no longer has an account. My guess is a bunch of Leonard's mementos were given away after a relative passed and were dispersed to different collectors and shops. Im in Canada. Our soldiers are so incredibly easy to research with their entire military record available online. Im not finding it so easy to find much on British Soldiers. Im guessing many records were destroyed in ww2. 

7 minutes ago, Coldstreamer said:

local papers are your best bet - this may help

 

Residence Peckham, S.E.

 

Enlistment placeCamberwell, S.E.

 

 

also found a note on fmp from someone who has his dog tags

 

https://www.findmypast.co.uk/transcript?id=GBM%2FLIVES%2F4419582

 

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Coldstreamer

you guess correct. what wasnt burnt or destroyed by the bombs got a good soaking from the fire service

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Coldstreamer

opinions vary but its something like 40% survival

 

some regiments kept their own copies - lucky for me the Guards did

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JJen

I suppose I could contact the regiment? Ypres was one of my favorite cities so when I found this old souvenir,  I was excited to purchase.  It beats most modern day souvenirs.  It was a nice surprise to find this info scribbled inside. I wish everyone scribbled their info on stuff for people like me. 

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JMB1943

This belongs in the Soldiers and Units thread!

 

JMB

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JJen
1 hour ago, JMB1943 said:

This belongs in the Soldiers and Units thread!

 

JMB

I suppose it could go in there but I posted this on May 11th, the day he died so I felt it appropriate to acknowledge his death and what I know about him 'In Memoriam' but thankyou for your idea. 

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JMB1943

JJen,

 

Your post is fine UNTIL you wish for more info about the subject.

This invites all and sundry to jump on the bandwagon, and you see the result.

You might have simply made the In Memoriam post and made a second post in Soldiers & their units, seeking info.

 

Regards,

JMB

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Michelle Young

The other problem with posting in this section is that posts only remain for 30 days after the last posting 

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JJen
8 hours ago, Michelle Young said:

The other problem with posting in this section is that posts only remain for 30 days after the last posting 

Thankyou Michelle, I will repost in a different section.  

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