George Cyril THOMPSON
Rank: 2nd Lieutenant
Unit: 1/6th Battalion LANCASHIRE FUSILIERS
Date of Death: 24 October 1915
Age: 24
Cemetery: Lancashire Landing Cemetery, Helles, Turkey

Cyril Thompson was another of Stockport's lacrosse players who went to War and did not return.

He was the son of George Smith Thompson and Eliza Ann Thompson of "Fairholm', Parsonage Road, Heaton Moor. The family worshipped at the local Congregational Church and Cyril had previously been a member of the church's Sunday School. He later attended Stockport Grammar School and played lacrosse for the Old Boys Team as well as the local Heaton Mersey Lacrosse Club. Cyril worked in Manchester for a company dealing in dress goods and woollens.

It has not been possible to locate Cyril's file at the National Archives so his early military service eis unknown. However, many of the young middle class members of the local lacrosse clubs joined the 1/6th Battalion, Manchester Regiment. Many of them, like Cyril, were quickly selected to become officers.

The Fusiliers had gone to Egypt in the autumn of 1914 and, in early 1915, went into action at Gallipoli. Bearing in mind that Cyril had to undergo not only basic military training, but also training to become an officer, he may not have been with the Battalion when it landed, but would have joined soon after.

When the local newspaper reported his death, it stated only that he had been mortally wounded by an accidental explosion of a grenade. The Battalion's War Diary makes no mention of this accident, only recording that the companies in the front and support lines swapped positions.

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