2nd Lt
Norman Tompsett

Informations sur naissance

Date de naissance:
Lieu de naissance:
Yalding, Kent, Angleterre, Royaume-Uni

Informations générales


Informations service militaire

Angleterre, Royaume-Uni
Force armée:
New Zealand Expeditionary Force
Second Lieutenant
Numéro de service:
Incorporation date:
Incorporation nom de lieu:
Trentham, Wellington, New Zealand
 —  Otago Regiment, 2nd Bn.  (Dernière unité connue)

Informations sur décès

Date de décès:
Lieu de décès:
Bellevue, Belgique
Cause du décès:
Killed in action (K.I.A.)


Distinctions et médailles 3

1914-15 Star
British War Medal
Victory Medal

Points d'intérêt 2

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Mon histoire

Norman Tompsett was born late 1894 in Yalding, Kent. He was the son of Mercy and Benjamin Tompsett. Once he had completed his studies, Norman emigrated to New Zealand, where he started working as an architect. In February 1915 he volunteered for the New Zealand Expeditionary Force. By the Battle of Passchendaele Norman had been promoted to Second Lieutenant and served with the Otago Regiment, 2nd Battalion, part of the 2nd New Zealand Brigade of the New Zealand Division.

Norman’s Battalion was to attack on the 12th of October 1917. The main goal was to reach to northern outskirts of the Passchendaele village.The 2nd NZ Brigade was to attack with the 2nd Bn. Otago Regiment, the 1st Bn. Otago Regiment and the 1st Bn. Canterbury Regiment. The 2nd Bn. Canterbury Regiment was in reserve. The three objectives were allotted in this order.

The attack began at 5.25 a.m. with the 2nd Otago’s positioned at the front and thus leading the assault. On their right was the Ravebeek, that could be used as a guideline to reach Passchendaele. But shortly after, they got into difficulties because of uncut wire entanglements in front of the Bellevue Ridge. Because the opening barrage didn’t cause much damage and therefore was negligible. The only gap in the wire was at a single point on the sunken Graventafel Road. While some soldiers tried to cut some paths through the wires, many soldier went to that single open point, which turned out to be a death trap. The area of the Bellevue Spur was overloaded with German defences and pillboxes. German machineguns mowed the Otago’s down and caused many casualties.

The other battalions faced the similar problems, so they also couldn’t get any further and failed to reach the Red Line. The 12th of October 1917 will be remembered as one of the most tragic days in the history of the New Zealand Army and would later be known as the Tragedy of the Bellevue Spur.

Second Lieutenant Norman Tompsett , 22-years old, was killed in action during the attack on Bellevue. He has no known grave and is remembered on the Tyne Cot, New Zealand Apse.

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Sources 6

"Passchendaele. The Day-by-Day Account", McCarthy C., London, Uniform, 2018, pg. 128-132.
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"The Official History of the Otago Regiment N.Z.E.F. in the Great War 1914-1918", Byrne A.E., Dunedin, Wilkie & Co Ltd., pg. 207 - 228.
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Auckland Cenotaph
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The Long, Long Trail
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