Military History

Medals of the Month - March 2021 | Norman Edgar Thompson MM

By The Cove March 12, 2021

Military Medals

2239 Private Norman Edgar Thompson was born in Stuart Town in 1891.  Prior to enlistment he worked as a labourer in his home town and on the 31st of March 1916 enlisted and was sent to the 4th Reinforcement Battalion for training.

Embarking that same year and at the completion of his training he was transferred to the 54th Battalion in 1917.  While fighting in the Battle of Polygon Wood he was wounded in the right knee and immediately evacuated to a Military Hospital in England.

In 1918 Thompson returned to France into the 51st Machine Gun Battalion where he fought at the St Quentin Canal.  It was during this battle his actions earnt him the Military Medal.  In 1919 he was officially awarded the Military Medal and the citation read:

'As a result of the soldier’s performance in the 1918 St Quentin Canal battle … During the operations from 29th September to 2nd October in the vicinity of BELLICOURT this man’s services as a runner are worthy of the highest praise. He conveyed messages under heavy shell fire and displayed untiring energy and obeyed all calls with a cheerfulness rarely equalled under such trying circumstances. It was greatly due to his efforts that a proper liaison was maintained between Company Headquarters and Battalion Headquarters’.

Thompson discharged on 24 November 1919 and on 5 December was awarded the Gold Medallion for service by the residents of Stuart Town.



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