John Robertson Thomson

Informatie over geboorte

Cowdenbeath, Fife, Schotland, Verenigd Koninkrijk

Informatie legerdienst

Schotland, Verenigd Koninkrijk
British Expeditionary Force
Service nummer:
Dienstneming plaats:
Milnathort, Schotland, Verenigd Koninkrijk
 —  Gordon Highlanders, 2nd Bn.  (Laatst gekende eenheid)

Informatie over overlijden

Datum van overlijden:
Plaats van overlijden:
Broodseinde, Zonnebeke, Belgiƫ
Killed in action (K.I.A.)


Polygon Wood Cemetery
Plot: /
Rij: D
Graf: 2A

Onderscheidingen en medailles 2

British War Medal
Victory Medal

Points of interest 3

#1 Geboorteplaats
#2 Dienstneming plaats
#3 Plaats van overlijden (bij benadering)

Mijn verhaal

Private John Robertson Thomson served in the Gordon Highlanders 2nd Battalion, part of the 20th Brigade, of the 7th Division.

On the 4th of October 1917 the 7th Division participated in the Battle of Broodseinde, a phase of the Third Battle of Ypres. Its attack was carried by two Brigades, the 91st on the right and the 20th Brigade on the left. They advanced from positions just northeast of Polygon Wood. Their objective was the Broodseinde Ridge and the Beselare-Passchendaele Road. The advance of the 20th Brigade was carried by the Devonshire Regiment 8th Battalion. Once they had captured the first objective, the 2nd Gordons would move through them and capture the 2nd objective.

When forming up the Germans put down a barrage behind 8th Devons and partly on the support and reserve companies of the Gordons. The 2nd Gordons were forced to move closer to the leading Battalion in order to reduce casualties. At 4.30 a.m. the German artillery again put down an intense fire on the allied lines. At 6 a.m. the attack began and the 8th Devons advanced behind a creeping barrage, closely followed by the 2nd Gordons. The Gordons then took up positions about 400 yards beyond the former frontline.

At 7 a.m. the 8th Devons had captured the first objective. About one hour later the 2nd Gordons moved through the 8th Devons, when the barrage moved forward again. The barrage drove everything beyond it, inflicting heavy casualties on the German defenders. The Germans had been planning an attack themselves on the 4th of October and they had consequently concentrated many troops in their frontline. Moments before the German infantry was going to attack they were caught in the allied barrage. The German soldiers had almost no place to hide. The ones that survived the heavy shelling were quickly dispersed, killed or taken prisoner by the advancing troops. Even the Germans in the concrete strongpoints were utterly shocked. Most of them surrendered without putting up a fight.

At 9 a.m. the Battalion had reached its objective. And started consolidating a line near the hamlet of Nordemdhoek at the Beselare-Passchendaele Road on the Broodseinde Ridge. From this point on the German artillery started shelling the new frontline.

Private John Robertson Thomson was killed in action on the 4th of October 1917. He was buried at Polygon Wood Cemetery, row D, grave 2A.

Bestanden 2

Bronnen 6

"Passchendaele day-by-day Account", McCarthy C., Arms and Armour, s.d., page 98 - 100
Gebruikte bronnen
"The Gordon Highlanders in the First World War : 1914-1919", Falls C., The University Press, 1958, page 160 - 163
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Verdere verwijzing
Gebruikte bronnen
The Long, Long Trail
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War Diary
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