Lt. C.J.M. Thompson


FIRST NAMES: Charles John McKinnon

UNIT: 1st Northumberland Fusiliers

STATUS: Died of Wounds

DATE OF DEATH: 29th March 1916


AGE: 23

Charles was the son of the Revd. Samuel McKinnon Thompson, the then Vicar of Northallerton. His mother's name was Edith Rose McKinnon Thompson. They lived in the Old Vicarage which used to be situated off the path which runs from the entrance to the Northallerton Cemetery to The Applegarth Car Park. It was replaced by the present Vicarage and was used for a time as the Local Council Offices before being demolished to make way for the Applegarth Court development in the mid 1980s.

Lieutenant Thompson was wounded on 27th March 1916 and died two days later, aged 23. In the local Parish Magazine he is described as having been "killed in action whilst leading his troops on 27th March", though the exact circumstances of his wounding are unknown.

He is commemorated on the Memorial to the Missing at the Menin Gate in Ypres and it must be assumed therefore that his grave was lost during subsequent fighting before the end of the War and his body was never found again.