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  • photo was provided courtesy of the Beckingham and Saundby local history group
Person Details
Beckingham
He was the son of Lucy Thompson. In 1911 he lived with his widowed grandmother Sarah Ann Thompson at Beecher Lane Beckingham Nottinghamshire. He was the husband of Martha Thompson.
In 1911 he was a joiner's labourer.
04 Oct 1917
27
827509 - CWGC Website
22146
Private
9th Bn Sherwood Foresters (Notts & Derby Regiment)
Frank Thompson entered theatre after 1 January 1916 and was posted to the 9th battalion. On 4 October 1917 the battalion took part in the Battle of Broodseinde and were tasked to take Ferdan House and its trench on the outskirts of the village of Poelcappelle. The attack began at 6 am and the companies moved off behind a creeping barrage. By 7.18 am the first objective had been taken and consolidated. The darkness made keeping direction difficult but the attack continued despite enemy strong points full of machine guns. Rifles began to jam because of the mud and wet. No close quarter fighting took place as the enemy retreated as the troops got to within 20 yards of them. The next objective was reached and a large concrete emplacement faced them. It was here that Corporal Greaves won the Victoria Cross, when he and another NCO rushed forward and threw a bomb into it. They had faced four machine guns which were in the emplacement. The battalion moved forward and took the last objective despite heavy machine gun from Ferdan House. The assault had been a great success but at heavy cost to the battalion who had some 80 men killed and 59 of these have no known grave. Frank is one of these men and they are commemorated on the Tyne Cot Memorial. John Morse
The information on Frank Thompson has been provided courtesy of the Beckingham and Saundby local history group. With additional information from John Morse
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  • photo was provided courtesy of the Beckingham and Saundby local history group
    Frank Thompson - photo was provided courtesy of the Beckingham and Saundby local history group
  • Photo showing the Tyne Cot Memorial, Belgium on which Frank Thompson's name is commemorated.Photo provided courtesy of the CWGC
    Frank Thompson - Photo showing the Tyne Cot Memorial, Belgium on which Frank Thompson's name is commemorated.Photo provided courtesy of the CWGC
  • Photo provided courtesy of The War Graves Photographic Project www.twgpp.org
    Frank Thompson - Photo provided courtesy of The War Graves Photographic Project www.twgpp.org
  • The village of Poelcappelle is shown as hundreds of shell holes from the fighting in October/November 1917. The triangle of roads on the right was the centre of the village.  photo courtesy of Johan Vandewalle
    Poelcappelle aerial photo 1918 - The village of Poelcappelle is shown as hundreds of shell holes from the fighting in October/November 1917. The triangle of roads on the right was the centre of the village. photo courtesy of Johan Vandewalle