THOMPSON Arthur Claude
6/2776 Canterbury Infantry Brigade, WW1 Service
25991 Legion of Frontiersmen, New Zealand

Military Medal
Gazetted 17 December 1917, p13201
Operations near Gravenstafel – 30th September to 5th October 1917.  For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty.  Every night from September 30th till October 3rd 1917, he led his ration party through heavy artillery fire, thus keeping the front line troops constantly supplied with water and rations.  He displayed great bravery and disregard for his personal safety and set a fine example to the men under his command.

Military Medal
1914-15 Star
British War Medal
Victory Medal

Gallipoli Lapel Badge
Gallipoli Medallion

Pioneer Axe

Born 1 July 1887
Died 14 February 1980 Auckland, New Zealand
Ashes Buried Schnapper Rock Cemetery, [North Div Rsa Ash Lawn Sec 2, Block B, Row A, Plot 26]

25991 THOMPSON Arthur Claude, MM, Pnr
It is with regret that we have to report the passing over of one of our oldest members.  Tommie, as we knew him, was one of the old stalwarts always prepared to do his best.  Tommie served in Egypt 1915-16, Gallipoli 1915, Western Europe 1916-18 earning the Military Medal for bravery and being discharged with the rank of Second Lieutenant.  Tommie was never satisfied with just belonging, in anything he did it had to be for the good of thw whole.  He served three terms as OC of ‘A’ Squadron and on finding himself unable to serve fully, retained his interest, but transferred his activities to the Kings Empire Veterans.  He then took over the job of organiser and brought the outfil back to life continuing to be active till ill-health stopped him just prior to his death in his 93rd year.  He will be missed by a great number especially his wife and family to whom we offer our deepest sympathy.  God Guard Thee Tommie, all Frontiersmen especially the members of ‘A’ Squadron.

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