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Coundon men in www1

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TRACY Report 8 Mar 2019 21:35

Hi I am trying to find out which regiment my Grandfather served with. He was a butcher in Coundon Co Durham and his name was Benjamin Race Thompson.
Any help or advice would be appreciated.
Thanks Tracy


+++DetEcTive+++ Report 8 Mar 2019 23:52

Although about 70% of full WW1 records were destroyed in WW2 bombing, the medal cards survived.

Unless there were two men of the same name, this might be his

UK, WWI Service Medal and Award Rolls, 1914-1920
Benjamin Race Thompson
Military Year: 1914-1915
Rank: Private
Medal Awarded: 1914-15 Star
Regiment or Corps: East Yorkshire Regiment
Regimental Number: 13415

He disembarked in to a theatre of war on 9 Sep 1915.

A different version -
Benjamin R Thompson
Regiment or Corps: East Yorkshire Regiment
Regimental Number: 13415

The image says he was also awarded the British & Victory medals.
He must have been wounded at some point as the image says he was on the Silver War Badge list.


+++DetEcTive+++ Report 9 Mar 2019 00:20

Is this your Grandfather or a different person??


Benjamin Race Thompson
Death Date: 10 Apr 1960
Death Place: Yorkshire, York, England
Probate Date: 5 May 1960
Probate Registry: York, England

Of Rigg House Farm Sutton Thirsk Yorkshire. Probate to John Thomas Thompson agricultural contractor. Effects £1907 14s

Death record giving age at death
Deaths Jun 1960 (>99%)
THOMPSON Benjamin R 72 Thirsk 1b 875

Matches up with a birth reg 1888 which is presumably your grandfather

Benjamin Race Thompson
Registration Year: 1888
Registration Quarter: Apr-May-Jun
Registration district: Auckland
Volume: 10a
Page: 217


+++DetEcTive+++ Report 9 Mar 2019 00:27

1939 Register

Thompson Household (5 People)
Rigg House Farm , Thirsk R.D., Yorkshire (North Riding), England

Benjamin R Thompson 10 May 1888 Male Farmer Mixed Married 3 1
Ada Thompson 14 Apr 1893 Female Unpaid Domestic Duties Married 3 2
Sorry, this record is officially closed. Check if you can open a closed record.
Robert J Thompson 11 Dec 1927 Male At School Single 3 4
John T Thompson 09 Jul 1931 Male At School Single 3 5


ErikaH Report 9 Mar 2019 11:34

Name: Benjamin Race Thompson
Publication Year: 1914
Residence Place: Durham, England
Occupation: Butcher

Name: Benjamin R Thompson
Registration Date: Jul-Aug-Sep 1924
Registration district: Weardale
Inferred County: Durham
Spouse: Ada Forster
Volume Number: 10a
Page Number: 580


ErikaH Report 9 Mar 2019 12:49


4 Victoria Terrace Coundon Bp Auckland, Coundon, Durham, England

Benjamin Race Thompson Head Single Male 22 1889 Butcher Durham Coundon
Ethel Thompson Sister Single Female 19 1892 Assisting In Business Durham Coundon
Ethel Annie Roxborough Servant Single Female 24 1887 General Servant Domestic Durham Eldon


ArgyllGran Report 9 Mar 2019 13:04

Benjamin Thompson
in the 1901 England Census
Name: Benjamin Thompson
Age: 12
Estimated birth year: abt 1889
Relation to Head: Son
Gender: Male
Father: Robert Thompson
Mother: Francis Thompson
Birth Place: Coundon, Durham, England
Civil Parish: Coundon
Ecclesiastical parish: Coundon St James
Town: Coundon
County/Island: Durham
Country: England
Street address:
Registration district: Auckland
Sub-registration district: Bishop Auckland
ED, institution, or vessel: 35
Piece: 4648
Folio: 70
Page Number: 35
Household schedule number: 208
Household Members:
Name Age
Robert Thompson 60 - butcher
Francis Thompson 42 - wife
Benjamin Thompson 12
Ethel Thompson 9
Thomas M Rain 19 - son-in-law, butcher (slaughterhouse)
Elizabeth Watson 17 - servant

Is it only his military history you want to know about, Tracy?
Is it worth our while delving further back into his ancestry, or do you have all that info already?


+++DetEcTive+++ Report 11 Mar 2019 10:25

As Tracey is a new member, PM sent asking her to return to the thread & to acknowledge posts.


TRACY Report 12 Mar 2019 10:37

Hi thank you all for your help, it is much appreciated. I had not thought about him being in an East Yorks regiment so have been barking up the wrong tree.
I would now like to research where he fought and ideas of how to go about that would be appreciated. Many thanks Tracy


ErikaH Report 12 Mar 2019 13:31

As his personal records haven't survived, the only hope you have is to research the unit's movements.

You've got a starting point with the info that he embarked on 9/9/1915.


+++DetEcTive+++ Report 12 Mar 2019 14:12

Link to website The Long, Long Trail

The main problem you have is that you don’t know which battalion he was in, whether he was sent to bolster a particular company’s numbers or if it was the first overseas posting.