(Known as John Walter Thomson),” Wyndham History, accessed May 12, 2021, https://www.wyndhamhistory.net.au/items/show/2564.
No. 4586 Private John Walter Thomson
[Listed on RSL Honor Board as Thompson, J. W., but correct spelling is Thomson].
John Walter Thomson was born to David and Kate (nee Ryan) Thomson in September 1896, in Werribee, Victoria. He had the following siblings:
- Christina - born 1894
- David James - born 1895
- John Walter - born 1896
- Alexander John - 1897
- Jane Hanorah - 1899
- Agnes Violet - 1901
- Edith - 1903
- William Patrick - 1904
- Isabella Irene - 1906
- Lawrence Henry - 1908
John enlisted into the Army at Melbourne, Victoria on 21 December 1915. He was aged 19 years and 9 months and he was 5 feet and 7 inches tall. John weighed 10 stone and 13 pounds, he had a chest measurement of thirty seven inches. John's complexion was listed as fair, with Blue eyes and Fair hair.
All of this was recorded at the time of his enlistment.
He proceeded overseas to France on 16 September 1916 with the 21st Battalion. He was stationed in France from 28 November 1916 to May 1917 and then went back to the front where he was admitted to hospital June 1918. John returned to Australia on 19 September 1918 and was discharged on 4 January 1919.
In the Victoria, Australia, Police Gazettes 1855/1864 to 1924:
John Walter Thomson tried Inglewood PS 11th July 1922 larceny, 1 month Victoria, labourer 1897 5 feet and 8 and three quarter inches, fresh complexion, brown hair and blue eyes.
John married Catherine Roach and they had one son John David.
John was living in Queensland on 9 January 1934 at 161 Elizabeth Street Brisbane.
John died on 1 December 1963 in Heidelberg Victoria, aged 65.
Medals and Entitlements:
- British War Medal
- Victory Medal