Diamond War Memorial Project

Private Thomas Boyd Thompson

1st Battalion Royal Dublin Fusiliers. Regimental Number 20747
Born: ---- Died: 1918-10-10 Aged: -- Enlisted: ------

Interred in Londonderry City Cemetery. Name commemorated on the Diamond War Memorial.

Youngest son of Susan and Thomas Henry Thompson, and brother of Winifred Thompson, Melrose Terrace, Londonderry. Also brother of Henry Norman Thompson and Victor Logan Thompson, who also lost their lives in the First World War.

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

He joined the colours in March 1915, at the age of sixteen. He was twice wounded, and wore four service chevrons and two gold stripes. He was returning to England after a week’s leave, when torpedoes hit the S.S. ‘Leinster’. His funeral took place on Sunday, October 13, 1918. The cortege was of immense dimensions, all classes being represented, and as it passed slowly to Londonderry City Cemetery numbers lined the streets. The funeral was accorded full military honours, and, in addition to the soldiers, the procession included the minister and deacons of the Congregational Church, of which deceased’s father was a deacon; the minister, teachers, and boys of Ebrington Presbyterian Church (the soldier being a former Sabbath School scholar); and the president, committee, members, and Bible Class of the Y.M.C.A. The coffin was borne on a gun carriage, covered with the Union Flag and surmounted with wreathes. The service in the home was conducted by the Reverend David Dale, B.A., and the Reverend T.A. Hickson Moriarty, M.A., and at the graveside by the Very Reverend the Dean of Derry, Reverend Leslie Rankin, and Reverend D. Dale, B.A.