Thomson, Lieutenant Bruce Garie

No 3 Sqn AFC

Bruce Thompson was born in Kapunda, South Australia, on 24 March 1894. On 27 November 1914 he was a 20 year old Accountant when he joined the 3rd Field Ambulance at Oaklands, SA. He served in the Gallipoli campaign from August. After Gallipoli he was moved to France, where he was appointed to the clerical staff of the 1st Anzac Corps Headquarters. In January 1918 he transferred to the AFC and trained as an observer, after which he was commissioned in February. In early June he was posted to No 3 Sqn in France, and was promoted to Lieutenant later in the month. He flew with the squadron on the Western Front apart from a two week leave in the UK in September.

He was killed in action at Estrées on 3 October 1918 while flying in RE8 E224, flown by Lt J Gould-Taylor, who was also killed after the RE8 was apparently hit by an artillery shell. The wreckage was found on 6 October, but an examination failed to find the cause of the crash. The two airmen were initially buried beside the wreckage of their aeroplane.

Lt B G Thompson is buried in Grave III A 11 at Prospect Hill Cemetery, Gouy, France.

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