Military Cross G.V.R. 16-309 2nd. Lieut. G. W. Thompson, Northumberland Fusiliers and R.G.A


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The 16th Service Battalion (Newcastle) was raised at Newcastle in September 1914 by the Newcastle and Gateshead Chamber of Commerce; landed Boulogne 22nd November 1915.2nd Lieutenant 1st September 1917, R.G.A. Awarded the Military Cross “ London Gazette 3rd June 1919, 2nd Lieutenant Gerald Thompson R.G.A. S. R. attached 70th Siege Battery, cutting from N.E.R. Magazine dated September 1919 shows Thompson to be in employment of the North Eastern Railway, Newcastle. Citation as follows;- ‘For very gallant and most exemplary behaviour throughout the whole recent operations. On the 16th October, near Vaux Andugny, he worked his way out to a position in front of our lines and carried out a successful shoot on some enemy earthworks which would have impeded our advance. He destroyed these utterly in spite of great difficulties under hostile fire. The conduct of this officer has always been marked by great coolness and intrepidity in the face of danger. On more than one occasion he has succeeded in rallying his men under heavy hostile fire by showing complete disregard of personal safety, and his work has been of the utmost value to his Battery’ Sold with a wedding photo in uniform, magazine cutting, and original telegram regarding Buckingham Palace presentation of the M.C. and copy LG entry dated 3rd June 1919.Contact address after the war was The Bungalow Burton Agnes, East Yorkshire.