Lieutenant Bruce Garie THOMSON

Service No: 2296
Born: Kapunda SA, March 1894
Enlisted in the Army: 27 November 1914
Unit: No. 3 Squadron, Australian Flying Corps
Died: Air Operations, France, 3 October 1918, Aged 24 Years
Buried: Prospect Hill Cemetery, Gouy, Picardie, France
CWGC Additional Information: Son of David Murray Thomson and Annie Thomson, of 26, Sussex St., Glenelg, South Australia. Native of Kapunda, South Australia
Place of Association: Kapunda SA
Remembered: Panel 188, Commemorative Area, Australian War Memorial, Canberra ACT

By dawn next day only the 2nd Australian Division was left on the Australian front. The 3rd and 5th Divisions were relieved by British units, and sent back to rest areas, where the 1st and 4th had preceded them; the last obstacle, the Beaurevoir Line, was attacked that morning (October 3rd) by the 2nd Division with the British. Accompanying this assault, five machines from No. 3 Squadron at 6.30 dropped phosphorus smoke-bombs on the high ground at Beaurevoir Mill to screen the infantry from German observation.  Among those assisting this attack were Gould-Taylor and Thomson on artillery-patrol; and to the intense regret of the squadron their machine (1) did not return. It was reported that an R.E.8 had been hit by a shell.  Three days later news was received that the grave of the two airmen had been found near Estrees.

(1) RE8 aircraft E224

Extract from Cutlack, F.M. (Frederic Morley) The Australian Flying Corps in the Western and Eastern Theatres of War 1914-8, Angus and Robertson Ltd Sydney, 1941 – Page 334


Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour On-Line Records
Commonwealth War Graves Commission On-Line Records
National Archives of Australia On-Line Record B2455, THOMSON B G
National Archives UK RAF Casualty Book AIR 1/969 page 326, 283131


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