THOMSON, Eric George M.

Rank: 
Private
Unit/Base: 
Regiment/Corps: 
Black Watch
Service: 
Army
Service number: 
14655780
Died : 
Wednesday, January 24, 1945
Killed in action or died of wounds
Age: 
21
Cemetery/Memorial: 
Roll of Honour: 
Private Eric Thomson 6 Commando
Grave of Private Thomson 6 Commando
Private Eric Thomson, 3 troop, died during operations in Holland [1]. At the time of his death his Commando were engaged in fighting at Maasbracht and Brachterbeek [2].
 

Extract from the Dundee Courier - Saturday 03 February 1945

“Mr and Mrs John Thomson, East Seaton, Arbroath, have been notified that their second youngest son, Pte. Eric G. M. Thomson, Black Watch (Commando), has been killed in Western Europe. He was 21. Prior to joining up about two years ago he was an assistant on a fruit farm in Essex, and before going to England he was a farm servant in Arbroath district. He went to France on D Day, and then returned to this country. He was home on leave at Christmas, before going back to the Western Front. His brother, Robert, has been a prisoner in Germany for almost three years *. Another brother, James, is the Royal Navy.”
 
* His brother Private Robert Thomson [view] was in No 2 Commando and was taken PoW after the St Nazaire raid.
 
Sources
[1] CWGC
[2] 1 Cdo. Bde. HQ War Diary January 1945. [view entry]
[3] Dundee Courier - Saturday 03 February 1945.
[3]  British Newspaper Archive (website britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk); The British Library Board.
[Image] © Johnston Press plc. / Arbroath Herald and Advertiser for the Montrose Burghs - Friday 09 February 1945
 
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