Thompson Skinner


About Thompson

  • Name
  • Initials
  • Surname
  • Date of Birth
    23 February 1897
  • Birth town
    Collyweston, Northamptonshire
  • Resided town
    Wakerley, near Stamford
  • Commemorated
  • Nationality
  • Place of death
  • Date of death
  • Married
  • Occupation

Service Information

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  • Rank
  • Regiment
    Essex Regiment


Thompson Skinner was born in 1897 in Collyweston, Northamptonshire. His parents were James Henry Skinner (roof slater) and Eliza Skinner (dressmaker) and he had seven siblings, two brothers and five sisters.

On the 1901 Census, the family were living at The Poplars in Wakerley, Rutland. By the 1911 Census, Thompson was employed as a greengrocer and his mother, who had been widowed in 1901 aged 41 years, was designated a grocer dealer on her own account.

Thompson enlisted on 8 April 1916 at the age of 19, his attestation document noted that he was employed as a cowman. He joined the 3/8 Battalion Essex Regiment, located at Halton Camp East, Buckinghamshire. He served with the British Expeditionary Force from 10 September 1916 to 30 April 1917. Private Skinner transferred to the 1st Border Regiment and joined them at Etaples on 19 March 1918. He was wounded in action just a few weeks later on 13 April 1918, when he received a gunshot wound to the back. He returned to England and served until demobilisation on 27 November 1919 when he joined the Army Reserve. He was awarded the British War and Allied Victory Medals.

In the 1939 Register Thompson and his mother, Elizabeth were living at No 14 Wakerley. Thompson is recorded as a farm worker and smallholder and his mother was running a small grocery business.

No record of a marriage has been found. Thompson Skinner died in the Leicester area in September 1963, aged 66.

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