THOMSON, Robert

Rank: 
Private
Unit/Base: 
Regiment/Corps: 
Essex Regiment
Service: 
Army
Service number: 
6014360
Honours & Awards: 
Operations: 
Private Robert Thomson 2 Commando

Private Robert Thomson, 2 troop, was one of the commando contingent on board ML 262 during the St Nazaire Raid [1]. He received a MiD for his gallant and distinguished services in action against the enemy during the raid [2].

Initially reported as missing in action [3] he was subsequently found to have been taken prisoner of war. Formerly a farm worker in Essex, Robert Thomson joined the Essex Territorials before the war.[4]

His brother Private Eric Thomson [view] served in No 6 Commando and was killed in action in 1945.

Sources
[1] St Nazaire Society website.
[2] London Gazettes Supp. 37162, page 3494.
[3] Casualty List 801 The Essex Regt.
[4] + Image © D.C.Thomson & Co. Ltd./ Dundee Courier - Thursday 07 May 1942.
[4]  British Newspaper Archive (website britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk); The British Library Board.
 

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