THOMPSON, William W
York and Lancaster Regiment, 4th (Reserve) Bn.
Married to Aline M Thompson, they lived in Hudegate, Middleton-in-Teesdale.
St Mary's Church, Middleton-in-Teesdale
William saw action in France and Flanders; during the battle of Passchendaele Ridge he contracted septic poisoning and trench fever. After several hospital treatments he was deemed fit again for service.
On 21st August 1918, whilst at home prior to returning to the Front, he was found dead as a result of gas poisoning. An inquest into his death returned a verdict of 'suicide whilst temporarily insane'. The Teesdale Mercury reports the incident with much sympathy, writing that 'the jury were of opinion that the shattered physical and mental conditions were the product of arduous campaigning, and no doubt had caused him to dread the ordeal again'.
His commanding officer sent a telegram of sympathy to his family.