CaptainTHOMPSON, JENKIN ROBERT OSWALD

Service Number 115213

Died 24/01/1944

Royal Army Medical Corps

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Son of Dr. P. O. Thompson and Mrs Thompson, of Richmond, Surrey; husband of M. A. Thompson, of Shamley Green, Surrey. L.R.C.P., M.R.C.S.

Citation

The following details are given in the London Gazette of February 2nd, 1945

"Awarded the George Cross for most conspicuous gallantry in carrying out hazardous work in a very brave manner."

Captain Thompson was cited many times for bravery aboard Hospital Ships from the very beginning of the war, particularly with the H.M.H.S. "Paris" at Dunkirk and the "St. David" at Sicily. At Anzio aboard the rapidly sinking vessel "St. David" he organised parties to remove all the wounded to safety in nearby boats. Finally, when all were ordered to save themselves, Thompson returned alone, to almost certain death, to the one remaining patient who was still trapped below deck. Captain Thompson remained with this man and both perished together when the ship went down.

Commemorated at BROOKWOOD 1939-1945 MEMORIAL

Location: Surrey, United Kingdom
Number of casualties: 3413

Cemetery/memorial reference: Panel 18. Column 1.


Memorial details

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This collection of documents was assembled by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission and its predecessors as part of the processes involved in the commemoration of individuals. As a result, they contain many corrections and alterations which reflect their use as working documents. For further information concerning the history of the collection, please see our About Our Records page.
Please be advised that some of the documents, especially the burial returns and exhumation reports, may contain information which some people may find distressing. The original archive records and their digital copies remain the property of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, but are available for re-use for private and non-commercial purposes.