Australian Army Medical Corps 15th Field Ambulance
Died 13th March 1918 age 34
L/Corpl. J Thomson – Aus. Ex. Force
Lance Corporal John Thomson of the Australian Army Medical Corps 15th Field Ambulance (Service no.1273) was born at West Rumblie, Corse, Coull on 22 March 1883, son of John and Mary Ann Thomson, latterly of Daisy Cottage, Torphins. His father was born in Lumphanan and his mother in Logie Coldstone. In 1901 John, Mary, John aged 18 and another five siblings were living at John’s farm at West Rumblie.
A file exists in the Australian National Archives, providing the sort of information that has mostly been lost for British soldiers when records were destroyed in 1940. These show that, when he joined up on 14 September 1914 at Blackboy Hill, West Australia, Thomson was then unmarried, aged 31 and was a carpenter by trade, having served 5 years of an apprenticeship in Aberdeen. He had previous military experience in the Foot Guards in London and perhaps on that account was promoted to Lance Corporal on 4 December 1914. He appears to have embarked from Australia shortly after. He proceeded to Gallipoli with the 2nd Australian Stationary Hospital, was transferred to the allied base at Mudros on Lemnos in August 1915, from there to Alexandria in January 1916, to Tel el Kebir in May, and back to Alexandria in August, from where he was then sent to France via the military camp at Parkhouse on Salisbury Plain. From September of 1916 he served in France with the British Expeditionary Force, spending two periods of leave in England in the summer of 1917 and February 1918. In June 1917 he declined to make a will. Three weeks or so after his return from leave in February 1918 he was killed in action aged 34 on 13 March 1918 and is commemorated on the Australian National Memorial at Villers-Bretonneux.