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  Spirits of Gallipoli - Astley John Onslow THOMPSON THOMPSON, Astley John Onslow

Spirits of Gallipoli - Astley John Onslow THOMPSON

 

Spirits of Gallipoli - Astley John Onslow THOMPSON
Unit 4th Battalion, Headquarters Rank Lieutenant Colonel
Date of Enlistment 15 August 1914 Service no. -
Date of Death 26 April 1915 Place of Death 400 Plateau
Age 50    
Cemetery 4th Battalion Parade Ground Details A. 11.
Epitaph None
Next of Kin (Brother) THOMPSON I W O Address Manilla NSW
Parents Astley J and Udea Thompson Address  
Date of Birth 3 January 1865 Place of birth Wales, Ynys House, Eglwysilan, Pontypridd, Glamorganshire

General

Colonel Onslow Thompson and others who were with him, their line having gone and no instructions having been received, decided to return to the Australian lines.  They endeavoured to reach them, not by direct retirement, but by moving forward diagonally to their left.  As they did so, the Turks opened fire.  Onslow Thompson was killed.  Lieutenant Massie picked up his body and carried it towards the trenches, but the fire proved too severe.  The Colonelís body remained in front of the line until it was found by the 3rd Battalion when digging a forward sap on May 11th.

The Official History of Australia in the war of 1914 Ė 1918.  The Story of Anzac.  Volume 1.  C. E. W. Bean.  University of Queensland Press, page 493. (source 1)


Mentioned in Despatches

Date of London Gazette - 5 August 1915, page 7668, position 5
Date of Commonwealth of Australia Gazette - 28 October 1915, page 2736, position 34

Australian War Memorial (source 7)

Other Sources

     
Spirits of Gallipoli - Photo   Photo Spirits of Gallipoli - Photo   Anzac Memorial - 1917, page 252 (source 3)
Spirits of Gallipoli - Photo   Photo Spirits of Gallipoli - Photo   The Sydney Morning Herald newspaper, 6 May 1915 (source 24)
Spirits of Gallipoli - Photo   Photo Spirits of Gallipoli - Photo   The Sydney Mail newspaper, 12 May 1915 (source 15)
Spirits of Gallipoli - Photo   Photo Spirits of Gallipoli - Photo   The Argus newspaper, 8 May 1915, page 20 (source 42)
Spirits of Gallipoli - Photo   Photo Spirits of Gallipoli - Photo   The Australasian newspaper, 15 May 1915, page vi (source 31)
Spirits of Gallipoli - Photo   Photo Spirits of Gallipoli - Photo   The Daily Telegraph newspaper, 6 May 1915, page 9 (source 70)
Spirits of Gallipoli - Photo   Photo Spirits of Gallipoli - Photo   The Sydney Mail newspaper, 12 May 1915, page 9 (source 15)
Spirits of Gallipoli - News   Newspaper article Spirits of Gallipoli - News   The Sydney Morning Herald newspaper, 4 November 1915 (source 24)
Spirits of Gallipoli - Family Details   Family details Spirits of Gallipoli - Family Details   Spirits of Gallipoli
Spirits of Gallipoli - Headstone   Headstone Spirits of Gallipoli - Headstone   Gallipoli Photographic Expedition, 2009 (source 183)
Spirits of Gallipoli - Notes   Notes Spirits of Gallipoli - Notes   B2455, THOMPSON AJO, Army Service papers, National Archives of Australia (source 8)
Spirits of Gallipoli - Various   Various Spirits of Gallipoli - Various   Australian War Memorial, ACT, Panel 42 (source 14)
 

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