Diamond War Memorial Project

Second Lieutenant Henry Norman Thompson

9th Battalion Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers (attached 12th Battalion). Regimental Number ----
Born: ---- Died: 1918-03-22 Aged: -- Enlisted: ------

Name recorded on Pozieres Memorial, Somme, France. Name also commemorated on the Diamond War Memorial.

Brother of Winifred Thompson, 9, Melrose Terrace, Londonderry. Also brother of Thomas Boyd Thompson and Victor Logan Thompson, who also lost their lives in the First World War.

Henry Norman Thompson was a member of both Ebrington Presbyterian Church, Waterside, and the Congregational Church, Great James Street, Londonderry.

On Thursday, March 29, 1917, the Londonderry Sentinel reported that Cadet H.N. Thompson, son of Mr T. H. Thompson, Melrose Terrace, Londonderry, had obtained a commission in the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, and had been posted to the 12th Battalion at Finner. The newspaper also stated that he had taken his qualifying course at Moore Camp, Fermoy.
At the beginning of 1919, deceased’s father, Mr T. H. Thompson, Melrose Terrace, received a communication from the War Office stating that a report had been received from an officer of the 9th Inniskilling Fusiliers, who was taken prisoner on March 22, 1918, that his son was killed by machine gun fire on that date. The Germans refused the officer permission to visit the spot to identify Lieutenant Thompson and other men killed at the same time.