Name :-   Thompson, Edward

Nationality :-    Canadian

Age :-   41

Rank :-   Private

Number :- 110543 

Medal :-   Queen's medal , with clasps "Cape Colony" and "Wittebergen"; "King's medal, with clasps "South Africa 1901," and " South Africa 1902"

Service :-   Army

Regiment / ship :-  Black Watch & 5th Canadian Mounted Rifles Quebec Regiment

Date of death :-   2nd June 1916

Cemetery / Memorial :-  Menin Gate, Ypres Memorial, Belgium

Area of cemetery / memorial :-    Panel 30 to 32

Family information :-    Son of Edward and Helen McAveney Thompson, brother of John Banks Thompson, and husband of 1) Mary Ann Downie 2) Elizabeth Cumming.

Extra information :-

1881 Census

Rattray, Perthshire

Edward Thomson, head, 25, jute spinner, b. Blairgowrie, Perthshire

Helen Thomson, wife, 25, jute spinner, b. Glasgow

William Thomson, son, 7, scholar, b. Dundee Forfarshire

Edward Thomson, son, 6, scholar, b. Blairgowrie

Elizabeth Thomson, daughter, 3 months. b. Blairgowrie

Alexander Hanton, boarder, 20, jute spinner, b. Arbroath Forfarshire

Ann McCleary, boarder, 42, jute preparer, b. Ireland

Margaret McCleary, boarder, 42, jute preparer, b. Glasgow

1891 Census 

34, Westfield Terrace, Balmoral Road, Rattray, Perthshire

Edward Thompson, head, 36, foreman jute factory, b. Bankfoot, Perthshire

Hellen Thompson, wife, 36, b. Glasgow

William Henry Thompson, son, 17, flax preparer, b. Dundee

Edward Thompson, son, 16, flax preparer, b. Rattray

Elizabeth Thompson, daughter, 10, scholar, b. Rattray

Peter Thompson, son, 6, scholar, b. Glasgow

Mary Thompson, daughter, 3, b. Glasgow

Ann Thompson, daughter, 1 , b. Rattray

1901 Census

Westfield Terrace, Rattray

Edward Thompson, head, 45, jute mill overseer, b. Blairgowrie

Helen Thompson, wife, 44, b. Glasgow

Peter Thompson, son, 20, jute mill worker, b. Glasgow

Elizabeth Thompson, daughter, 20, dress maker, b. Blairgowrie

Mary Thompson, daughter, 13, scholar, b. Glasgow

Annie Thompson, daughter, 10, scholar, b. Blairgowrie

John Thompson, son, 9, scholar, b. Blairgowrie

Helen Thompson, daughter, 7, scholar, b. Blairgowrie

Est ??? Thompson, daughter, 4, b. Blairgowrie

In 1901 there is a Mary Downie living with her (large) family at 67, West George Street, Blairgowrie.

A Military History of Perthshire 1899 - 1902

Here there is mention of an Edward Thomson of Blairgowrie.  Enlisted 1895.  Served in South African War, 1899 - 1902 (Queen's medal , with clasps "Cape Colony" and "Wittebergen"; "King's medal, with clasps "South Africa 1901," and " South Africa 1902"). Still serving.

There is also mention of a D. Thomson, a John Thomson, and a Robert Thomson from Blairgowrie.