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    I appreciate Peter is already chasing Thompson's files, but out of curiosity I ran a search on his brother, Robert Mckay Thompson. Turns out he was an Australian artist of note (https://www.daao.org.au/bio/robert-m...n/biography/); unfortunately this makes passing reference only to his father and wife, no other family members; he died in 1970. There is an example of his work at http://www.the-saleroom.com/en-gb/au...b-a445012e64d5 .

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    Brian,

    The correct link to Robert McKay Thompson's bio, is; https://www.daao.org.au/bio/robert-m...son/biography/

    Here is an example of one his more plebeian efforts. http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article78475347 Further minor biographical details can be found here; http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article49034531 (Mother, Wife and In-laws).

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    Hi All,
    Thompson's RAAF file has been digitised (URL Link http://RecordSearch.naa.gov.au/scrip...er=1081961&O=I Line Item 11777617). The process was quick, relatively painless, and the image quality is excellent.
    However, it only deals with his final illness/death In Service. It gives the addresses of his NoK (wife and mother) Perth, WA.
    I have requested his RAFVR Service Record, but that may take some considerable time!
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    Thanks, Col; I don't know what happened with the link as it was a straight cut-and-paste.

    It increasingly appears Thompson's name should be recorded on the Met Office Roll of Honour, which is the reason Peter and myself are so interested. I doubt we will ever find a photograph of the gentleman, but I wonder if any of our Australian friends could put me in touch with someone in Perth who could take a photo of his headstone and grave for me? All help would be greatly appreciated.

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    Findagrave.net user has one already

    http://findagrave.net/cgi-bin/fg.cgi...234139&df=all&

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    Very many thanks, Dennis; I had tried The War Graves Photographic Project, but was unaware of this source. The CWGC website does not provide any family details, but it is clear from the photo you have identified that he was married and had a daughter. That being so it opens the possibility of tracing his descendants.

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    Brian/Peter,

    Re: F/L James Chambers THOMPSON RAF.

    Below are a selection of death notices etc (in chrono order), from contemporary WA newspapers :

    1/ http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article46810430 (IN MEMORIAM On Service)
    2/ http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article44827514 (DEATHS On Service)
    3/ http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article44827685 (DEATHS On Service)
    4/ http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article80803142 (IN MEMORIAM)
    5/ http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article47894786 (IN MEMORIAM On Service)

    Afraid, no obituary, as such.

    And a short entry for James' mother, Lindsay Alexandra THOMPSON:

    http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article49604857

    Will be in touch privately (through Brian), about other matters.

    PS. Peter, thanks for getting Thompson's file digitised.

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    My thanks for the links, Col, much appreciated.

    The State Library of Western Australia advises Thompson was 34 years old, meaning he was born in 1911, but other than Col's links it was unable to help further. (Very impressed with the speed of response, though.) Thompson's name does not appear on the Australian War Memorial, but I guess that is because he does not have an Australian service number.

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    Thanks to Col I have made contact with Thompson's grandson - who is also trying to resolve the mystery of his grandfather's wartime service. He has been very generous in copying a number of documents for me, and hopefully we will eventually uncover the complete story. I am happy to say that Thompson's daughter still lives in Perth.

    Brian

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    Just to complete Thompson's story. He was an Australian under contract to the British Colonial Office and working in Malaya at the beginning of the war. After being ordered to leave Singapore shortly before it fell to Japanese forces, Thompson escaped to Ceylon with three other meteorologists. There he worked at RAF Colombo as a forecaster, initially as a civilian, before being commissioned in December 1943. A short while later Thompson was posted to RAF China Bay (on the northeast coast of Ceylon), but in Jan 1945 he returned to Perth, his home town, on an exchange posting. He died of pneumonia, in Hollywood Military Hospital, Perth, on 30 October 1945.

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