WILLIAM DUNCAN THOMSON was born 08 May 1893 at Sea View, Fairlie,to parents Allan Hugh, ship carpenter, and Elizabeth Barbour Wilson (who were married in St. Rollox, Glasgow on 17 Jun 1892). He died in
Dunoon in 1983, aged 89.
08 Apr 1925 at 5 Argyll Terrace, Kirn, Dunoon, William (aged
31, gardener, of 5 Argyll Terrace; witness David Thomson, Tarbert Cottage,
Fairlie) married Isabella Hastie Brown Rankin.
the 1901 Census, William, aged 7, is living Clederion, Fairlie with parents
Allan H (38, b. Fairlie, foreman ship joiner) and Elizabeth (33, b. West Kilbride), and siblings Janet (6), David (4) and Allan (2)
the 1911 Census, aged 17 and a gardener, 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 David
SERVICE RECORD No
medal index card was found, but his regiment is
given on the plaque as ‘H.L.I.’ (Highland Light Infantry?). The Largs and Millport Weekly News reported
on 28 Aug 1915 that he’d enlisted in the Highland Light Infantry, and on 09 Feb
1918 that he was home on leave from France.
As he served overseas, he would have received the British War and
Extracts from the
Largs & Millport Weekly News:-
28 August 1915 Latest
recruits from Fairlie are William Thomson, Tarbert Cottage, who has joined the
3/6th Highland Light Infantry, and Dunlop Hunter jnr, Oakbank, who has enlisted
in the Lowland Brigade, RFA
9 February 1918
Wm. Thomson, who has been in France for a considerable time, arrived home on
Monday for a well earned holiday. In
spite of the discomforts of trench life, he is looking remarkably well.