William Duncan THOMSON

Regiment:               H.L.I.  

Rank & Number:    
Not Known  

08 May 1893; Sea View, Fairlie  

                       1983; Dunoon  

Brother of David and Allan Thomson

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.  

On 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.  

In 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)  

In 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    

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 Victory medals.

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         
Lance-Cpl. 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.

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