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Neil Thomson

Updated: Mar 28, 2023

12647 L/Cpl

11th Battalion, Royal Scots, 27th Infantry Brigade, 9th (Scottish) Division

Age: 23

Date of death: Killed in Action 9 December 1915

Buried: Zillebeke Churchyard, J.1

Family history: Son of Mr N Thomson, of Crosscroes Farm, Avonbridge.

The action that lead to his death

The battalion was providing fatigue parties at Dickebusch when he was killed. This could have been digging trenches or erecting and repairing barbed wire, unloading and transporting stores. Gunners of both sides were well aware that this type of activity was carried out in the hours of darkness and would target the lines of communication and assembly areas. He was the victim of a random shell.

He is buried in Zillibeke Churchyard Cemetery.

One of the most visited in Ypres Salient it is known to some as 'The Aristocrats' Cemetery', due to the number of landed gentry, titled and aristocrats buried here. Many of those buried here were casualties of First Ypres being Guards and Cavalry officers.

Medals Awarded

1915 Star, The British War Medal, Victory Medal

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