Vincent Thompson.

He is remembered on the Menin Gate in Ypres Belgium.

   He was born in Godmanchester, Hunts., e Huntingdon, as 463 in the H C B  (Godmanchester), 267517 Pte., KIA 8/8/17. 

   He served as 267517 in the 1st Bucks Bn. Ox & Bucks Light infantry.

   He took part in a sports day ref. 243. Ref. 482 states that he was in 7 and 8 section H.C.B.. The notebook of Sergeant Sidney Woods (ref. 482) indicates that he was one of 19 men in No. 7 and 8 section of No. 6 platoon. The notebook also gives us the following information about this man. Religion C of E ; Boot size 7 ; Cap size 6.78" ; Height 5'-5" ;Chest 34" . He was listed as Single. He had been vaccinated and inoculated with the rest of the men in his platoon. He was given a full set of equipment that included, pouch right and left,100 rounds of ammunition, back pack, strap support, braces, cape straps, 2 boots, 3 blankets, waterproof sheet, bolster, paliase, field dressing, identity disc, mess tins, haversack, cycle, whistle and waist belt. The notebook also indicates that he joined the imperial force for a period of 4 years. He was 24 years old when killed. He was one of the first in the Regiment. to go abroad. He had two other brothers fighting, 1 was wounded and in hospital in Manchester.

 Many thanks to Tony Stubbs for going to the grave and taking the photo.

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09/04/2012

. . Martyn Smith