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Biographical Dictionary - Coorow, Carnamah, Three Springs


Lionel Francis Seymour THOMPSON

Born 1892 in Wimmera, Victoria, Australia [30: item 1834757]
Son of James THOMPSON and Elizabeth COUPER [54]
Married (1) Myrtle May ANDERSON in 1911 [66]
In 1914 he was working as a Farmhand on A. Hamlet JONES' Turipa Farm in Coorow, Western Australia [19]
Member of the Coorow Football Club in 1914 [9: 7-Aug-1914]
His brother "Jim" Stephen James THOMPSON was a farmer in Coorow in 1913 and 1914 [19] [50]
By early 1916 he and his wife had left Coorow and he was working as a Driver in Brookton [30: item 1834757]
He was passed as fit for enlistment in the Australian Imperial Force in Brookton on 18 February 1916 [30]
He and eight others who were enlisting were given a farewell at the Agricultural Hall in Dowerin on 27 March 1916 [370: 31-Mar-1916]
Two of the other men farewelled in Dowerin were his brother Jim and Edmund Y. TAYLOR who later farmed at Yandanooka [19] [370]
Enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force (A.I.F.) on 3 April 1916 at the Blackboy Hill military camp in the Perth hills [30]
On enlistment he was 5 feet 9½ inches tall, weighed 154 pounds and had blue eyes, dark hair and a dark complexion [30]
After initial training at Blackboy Hill he was appointed on 21 August 1916 to the 20th Reinforcements of the 16th Battalion [30]
He and his brother Jim embarked from Fremantle for active service abroad on the H.M.A.T. Suffolk A23 on 13 October 1916 [18]
They disembarked in Plymouth, England on 2 December 1916 and after further training proceeded to France on 16 January 1917 [30]
Private 6343 in the Australian Imperial Force's 16th Infantry Battalion in France during the First World War [30]
Admitted to hospital in France on 23 March 1917 suffering from influenza and rejoined his unto on 4 April 1917 [30]
He was reported missing in France on 11 April 1917 however this was later updated to captured and a Prisoner of War [30]
He'd been captured by German forces in Reincourt and was interned at their prisoner of war camp in Limburg, Hesse, Germany [30]
His brother Jim was captured on the same day and in mid 1917 they were both interned in a German camp at Dülmen [30]
After almost two years as a Prisoner of War he was repatriated to London, England on 11 January 1919 [30]
He was later granted three months leave for non-military employment in the picture projecting industry in Glasgow, Scotland [30]
Embarked on his return home on the steamship Takada and disembarked in Fremantle, Western Australia on 29 August 1919 [30]
Discharged from the Australian Imperial Force on 13 October 1919; received the British War Medal and the Victory Medal [30]
In 1921 he and his wife were living at Harrow Lodge on Broome Street in the coastal Perth suburb of Cottesloe [50]
His wife left him in October 1927 and got a job in the Perth suburb of Victoria Park [225: 30-Apr-1930]
In 1930 he was working as a Taxi Driver and living on the corner of Cottesloe Avenue and Florence Street in Cottesloe [225: 1-May-1930]
He filed for divorce in 1930 on the accusation that during their separation his wife had committed adultery [225: 30-Apr-1930, 1-May-1930]
The court ended up granting the divorce but due to his adultery with Pat KING and he was ordered to pay her court costs [225]
Married (2) "Pat" Patricia Mary C. KING in Perth in 1936 [66]
In 1948 he was the General Manager of the Pioneer Bus Company [225: 27-Nov-1947]
Later resided in the Perth suburb of Scarborough [2]
Died 28 December 1975; buried at the Karrakatta Cemetery in Perth, Western Australia (Roman Catholic, Lawn 7, 335) [2]

Reference:  Carnamah Historical Society & Museum and North Midlands Project, 'Lionel Francis Seymour Thompson' in Biographical Dictionary of Coorow, Carnamah and Three Springs, retrieved 1 July 2022 from [reference list]

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