Thompson, Lieutenant George Robert

No 7 Training Sqn AFC

George Thompson, an Officer in the Permanent Forces, came from Melbourne, and was commissioned as a Lieutenant in October 1911. When he transferred to the Royal Australian Garrison Artillery in August 1913 he dropped in rank to Second Lieutenant, but was promoted back to Lieutenant in October 1914. He was married, and stationed at the Fort at Queenscliff, Victoria when he enlisted in the AIF in the 9th Reinforcements of the AFC at Melbourne on 1 May 1917. He departed from Sydney on HMAT A74 Marathon on 10 May and arrived in the UK in July. He was gazetted as a Flying Officer (Pilot) in October. In February 1918 Lt Thompson was posted to No 4 Sqn AFC in France, where he experienced difficulty in flying at high altitude due to a nasal problem, before he was returned to the UK the next month in order to give evidence at a Court Martial, which was followed by a short period in hospital before being posted to No 7 Training Sqn.

He was killed in an aircraft accident at Leighterton on 3 July 1918 while flying RE8 E140 with AMII S H Banks-Smith, who was also killed. The aeroplane was diving on a ground target when it crashed.

Lt G R Thompson is buried at Leighterton Church Cemetery, Gloucestershire, England.

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