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2628 Private William Thomson
C Company
The Black Watch(Royal Highlanders)
13th November 1916 


Born  at 4pm on 27/12/1896 in Brydekirk Main Cottages, Annan, Dumfriesshire.

His parents were George Thomson (1864-21/10/1934) and Mary Ann Campbell (1864-28/08/1929). They were married on 07/07/1896.

William had 2 brothers, George (27/05/1893-18/04/1918) and James Haining (03/12/1899-28/05/1985). He also had 2 sisters, Janet Agnes(born on 10/04/1902) and Mary Helen (born on 31/05/1906). William also had an older half sister, Isabella (born in 1886).

In the 1901(Scottish) census, the family home was recorded as being on Brydekirk Road , Annan. His father George was at this time a Trooper in the Royal Scots Greys.

By the 1911(Scottish) census, George had left the army and was working as a general labourer in an engineering works and the family were now living on School Street, Brydekirk, Annan.

William enlisted in November 1914 in Annan, but only went out to France around July 1915. He was killed in action 13/11/1916.


Dumfries and Galloway Standard – Wednesday 29 November 1916


Brydekirk Man Killed


Mr George Thomson, School Street, Brydekirk, has received intimation that his son, Private William Thomson, Black Watch was killed in France on 13th November.

Private Thomson joined in November 1914 when only seventeen years of age and was only allowed to proceed to France four months ago. Previously he was a farm servant.

Employed by Mr Kerr, Spittalridding hill, Annan.

He was awarded the British War 1914-1918 and Allied Victory medals.

His brother George,  Serjeant 12215 Kings Own Scottish Borderers was killed in action 18/04/1918.

He is buried in.

Saint Venant-Robecq Road British Cemetery

Robecq, Departement du Pas-de-Calais, Nord-Pas-de-Calais, France

PLOT II. C. 20.

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