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Lt George Masterman Thompson, 1st Bn Royal Scots (attached Gold Coast Regiment) George was born at Eshowe, Zululand on 21 February 1890. Educated at Wellington College and Sandhurst, he was gazetted a 2nd Lieutenant in the 2nd Royal Scots in October 1909. Transferring to the 1st Battalion in 1910, he served with it in India until 1913 when, after promotion to Lieutenant in February, he was seconded to the WAFF and the Gold Coast Regiment in November 1913.
After the declaration of war, George was made Military Commandant of the town of Quittah before crossing the border into enemy territory in Togoland. Near Chra on 21 August, Edward aquitted himself well in a fight with against strongly entrenched German positions and, as a consequence of his command of the French language, was put in command of a mixed French/British/Colonial force for the attack the following day. Edward was mortally wounded by machine gun fire at the head of his men on the following afternoon.
He was later awarded the Croix de Guerre with Palms for gallantry by the French.
He is buried in Wahala Cemetery (formerly Chra Village Cemetery) and has the only Commonwealth war grave in Togo from either the First or Second World Wars.
Researched for the WFA by David O Mara, Croonaert Research Service 1 References ^ David O’Mara (www.westernfrontassociation.com)
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