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Full Name: William Phillips Thompson
Rank Last Held: Lieutenant
Forename(s): William Phillips
Surname: Thompson
War: World War I, 1914-1918
Serial No.: 15468
Gender: Male
First Known Rank: Second Lieutenant
Occupation before Enlistment: Surveyor
Next of Kin: T.J. Thompson (father), Heretaunga Street, Hastings, New Zealand
Body on Embarkation: New Zealand Expeditionary Force
Embarkation Unit: 15th Reinforcements Canterbury Infantry Battalion, C Company
Embarkation Date: 26 July 1916
Place of Embarkation: Wellington, New Zealand
Vessel: Waitemata or Ulimaroa
Destination: Devonport, England
Nominal Roll Number: 37
Page on Nominal Roll: 6
Campaigns: Messines
Last Unit Served: Canterbury Infantry Regiment, 2nd Battalion, 12th (Nelson) Company
Place of Death: Belgium
Date of Death: 7 June 1917
Age at Death: 26
Year of Death: 1917
Cause of Death: Died of wounds
Memorial Name: Messines Ridge (New Zealand) Memorial, Messines Ridge British Cemetery, Belgium
Biographical Notes: William Thompson was the son of Thomas John and Elizabeth Aikin Thompson, of "Rangimarie," 607 Havelock Rd., Hastings, New Zealand.
Additional Information: New Zealand at the Front ( a magazine written and published and illustrated in France by men of the New Zealand Division) 1917 issue, page141.
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  • Nominal Rolls of New Zealand Expeditionary Force Volume II. Wellington: Govt. Printer, 1917
  • Commonwealth War Graves Commission. URL:
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