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Born: 1896, Baildon
Died: 3 May 1917
Address: 8 Manor Croft, Baildon
Parents: William and Angelina
Siblings: Jphn
Occupation: Millhand
Organisations/clubs: Baildon Villa FC
Rank: Pte
Rolls of Honour: Baildon Methodist Church; Baildon; Arras Memorial
Regiment: Prince of Wales Own West Yorkshire
Willie Thompson
The only information we have so far about Willie is from the 1901 census when he was five years old and living with his parents, William, a quarryman and Angelina, and his three siblings. He is mentioned in an article on 22 October 1915 about the fact that his cousin, Mrs E Smith of 11 High Fold, Baildon, had her husband, a brother and two cousins fighting in the war. “Pte Willie Thompson, a cousin, who is 19 years of age, joined the 2/6 West Yorks Regt. He was formerly a member of the Baildon Villa Association Football Club.” The CWGC website confirms his parents’ names and address, the date of his death and the fact that he is remembered on the Arras Memorial.
Thanks to Tish and Michael Lawson for their help in this research
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