Major WILLIAM FRANK THOMPSON

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  1. CL1

    CL1 116th LAA and 92nd (Loyals) LAA,Royal Artillery Patron

    Major WILLIAM FRANK THOMPSON
    Former H and B Squadron GHQ Liaison Regiment (Phantom) 124039, Royal Artillery
    Who died age 23 on 10 June 1944 POW - executed Bulgaria (SOE op.Mulligatawny)
    Son of Edward John and Theodosia Jessup Thompson, of Halifax, Yorkshire. Scholar of Winchester College and Scholar of New College, Oxford.
    Joined Royal Artillery 1940
    Phantom 1942 - September 1943 (Lt - Captain)
    Memoir "There is a Spirit in Europe: a Memoir of Frank Thompson"(T.J. and E.P. Thompson - 1947)
    POW - executed Bulgaria (SOE op. Mulligatawny)
    Served Phantom as Lieutenant and Captain (left Sep 1943)
    SOFIA WAR CEMETERY Sp. Mem.
    http://www.ww2talk.com/forum/recce/27235-ghq-liaison-regiment-rac-phantom-roll-honour.html



    A Very English Hero: The Making of Frank Thompson
    A Very English Hero: The Making of Frank Thompson: Amazon.co.uk: Peter J. Conradi: Books
     
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  2. davidbfpo

    davidbfpo Patron Patron

    Id'd via Twitter by Asher Pirt, who researches the background Territorial Army soldiers and officers in WW2, about the medal collection and a lengthy biography being sold this month of Major Thompson's radio operator:
    Link: https://twitter.com/PirtAsher/status/1346200274646560773

    DNW's entry opens with:
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    For the full DNW entry and a simply stunning biography: Lot 205, Orders, Decorations, Medals and Militaria (13 January 2021) | Dix Noonan Webb

    I note Major Thompson was a dedicated Communist, his younger brother was the late E.P. Thompson - a historian of some note and that he was - may be still is - seen as a hero in Bulgaria.

    DNW include a footnote on major Thompson:
     
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  3. davidbfpo

    davidbfpo Patron Patron

    For balance here is the major's photo (from Wikipedia):

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    Wiki refers to his standing in Bulgaria:
    Link: Frank Thompson (SOE officer) - Wikipedia
     
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  4. harkness

    harkness Well-Known Member

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    1939 Register
    Saunders Close, Bledlow, Wycombe R.D., Buckinghamshire
    Name - DOB - Occupation - Marital status
    Edward Thompson - 09 Apr 1886 - Author & Historian, Air Warden - Married
    Theodosia Thompson - 17 Mar 1892 - Unpaid Domestic Duties - Married
    William F Thompson - 23 Aug 1920 - Student M College Oxford, Cadet Reserve R A - Single
    Phyllis Cartmell (Mathews) - 31 Jul 1920 - Maid Paid Domestic Duties - Single
     
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  5. MongoUK

    MongoUK Junior Member

    Just a pedantic note, it's Asher Pirt.

    Think my grandad briefly served with Thompson in H Squadron, before Thompson left Phantom.
     

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