David Boyd THOMSON

Regiment:               Rifle Brigade, 19th Btn; formerly Royal
                               Scots Fusiliers, 5th Btn  

Rank & Number:    
Rifleman, 1168 & 201881, formerly Private,

Born:                      22 July 1896; Sea View, Fairlie  

                      15 May 1961; Tarbet Cottage, Ferry Row,

Brother of David and William Thomson

DAVID BOYD THOMSON was born 22 Jul 1896 at Sea View, Fairlie, to parents Allan Hugh, joiner, and Elizabeth Barbour Wilson (who were married in Glasgow on 17 Jun 1892).  He died at home at Tarbet Cottage, Ferry Row, Fairlie on 15 May 1961 (aged 64, single, foreman joiner), and was buried in Largs Cemetery; the inscription reads “and their son David Boyd d. 15 May 1961 aged 64 years”.

In the 1901 Census, David, aged 4, is living Clederion, Fairlie with parents Allan H (38, b. Fairlie, foreman ship joiner) and Elizabeth (33, b. West Kilbride), and siblings Wm (7), Janet (6) and Allan (2)  
In the 1911 Census, aged 14, he is living Tarbert Cottage, Fairlie with parents Allan (48, ship joiner, yacht building) and Elizabeth (43, m 18 years, 6 children/5 living); siblings include Allan and William   

Named in the Largs & Millport Weekly News Roll of Honour of enlisted men printed 21 Nov 1914 and the Ardrossan & Saltcoats Herald Roll of Honour printed Dec 1914 (Thomson, Pte. David, Tarbert Cottage, Fairlie, R.S.F.).    Enlisted 17 Sep 1914; first theatre of war entered was the Balkans on 6 June 1915.  His medal roll shows he served with the R.S.F. in the Balkans from 6 June to 4 July 1915, and in Egypt from 12 May to 7 Nov 1916; and with the 19th Rifle Brigade in Egypt from 8 Nov 1916 to 29 Jan 1919.  He was discharged on 17 Mar 1919, aged 23 (wounds, Silver War Badge list).  On 4 Sep 1915 the Largs and Millport Weekly News reported his pride at having shaken Queen Alexandria’s hand while he was hospitalised in England.  His medal index card shows he received the 1914-15 Star and the British War and Victory medals.

Extracts from the Largs & Millport Weekly News:-    

10 July 1915   
Mr. A.H. Thomson, Fairlie, yesterday received a letter from his son Private David Thomson, Royal Scots Fusiliers, stating he is aboard an hospital ship and wounded in the foot, and expects to be sent to this country.    

4 September 1915     

In a letter from Netley Hospital, Private D. Thomson, Royal Scots Fusiliers, describes a visit Queen Alexandria paid to the wounded warriors there and he is very proud to state that Her Majesty shook hands with him.  

6 November 1915       
Mr. William Miller, Secretary of the Tobacco and Cigarette Fund has received acknowledgements for parcels from the following:  Pte. T. Blakely, Dardanelles; Lance-Corp. R. McLachlan, prisoner of war; Ptes. A. McCallum, A. McLean, D. McCallum, D. Douglas, J. Smith, T. Miller, T. Messenger, France; and D. Thomson, W. Anderson, A. Stalker, wounded.  

15 January 1916        
Pte David Thomson, 5th RSF, who was wounded some time ago in Gallipoli was home on furlough last week.  Another visitor from the French front was Pte. John Fraser of the Transport service, formerly chauffeur at Kelburn.  

26 February 1916
Fairlie Cigarette And Tobacco Fund:  Letters of thanks have lately been received from Trooper Wm. Balchin, Gunner James Ramsay, Private T. McLaughlin (Dardanelles Force), Private Alex. McLean (Salonica), Gunner Tom Messenger, Private John Boyd, Driver John Fraser, Corpl. Duncan Douglas (France), Sergt. A. Davis, Private John McLaughlan, Dan McCallum, and David Thomson (hospital).

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