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Name Robert Charles Henry Thompson
Date/Place of Birth 7 Nov 1897 / 22 Bedfordbury, Strand, London
Parents' Names Frederick Thompson; Elizabeth Jane (nee Fenn)
Father's Occupation/Location Cab Driver or Solicitor's Clerk, Holborn
Father's Death/Incapacity Consumption
Admitted to AO 15 Jan 1904 (Aged 6)
Admission No 5687
Left OWS&AO 30 Nov 1912 (Aged 15)
Enlistment Location London
Service/Rank/Number Army; Rifleman; 4250, 321761
Battalion/Regiment 2nd/6th (City of London) Battalion (Rifles)
Killed/Death 21 May 1917 (Aged 19)
Country/Memorial/Cemetry France; Arras Memorial
Memorial Reference Bay 9 and 10
Campaign Medals Victory Medal; British War Medal
Robert Charles Henry was born to Frederick and Elizabeth Thompson on 7 November 1897 in London. His father died in 1901 and Frederick was admitted to the Alexandra Orphanage on 15 January 1904, aged 6. He left the Orphan Working School & Alexandra Orphanage on 30 November 1912, when he was fifteen. Robert was enlisted into 2nd/6th (City of London) Battalion (Rifles), London Regiment. The Battalion landed at Le Havre on 25 January 1917. Rifleman Thompson was killed in action on 21 May 1917, aged 19. His sacrifice is commemorated on the Arras Memorial, within the Fauborg DíAmiens Cemetery in the French town of Arras. The Memorial commemorates almost 35,000 British, South African and New Zealand servicemen who lost their lives in the Arras sector between Spring of 1916 and the end of the War. At the time of Rifleman Thompsonís death his mother was living at 9 Nevills Court, Fetter Lane, Fleet Street, London.
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