Remembering the Fallen: on this day in 1916, Lieutenant Reginald Thompson, 2nd Battalion, the East Lancashire Regiment, was killed by shell fire in the Somme Valley.
One of ten children of a cotton spinner manufacturer, he was educated at Rugby School, completing his studies in Heidelberg, Germany. He studied for the Bar at Owen's College, Manchester, took his law degree and practised as a solicitor in London for several years. In September of 1914 he joined the Inns of Court Training Corps, and six weeks later was commissioned into the East Lancashire Regiment. Lieutenant Thompson was sent to France just under a year later.
On the day of his death, during a successful attack against the German trenches in the Somme Valley, Lieutenant Thompson was killed by shell fire. He has no known grave and is remembered on the Thiepval Memorial to the Missing of the Somme.
Reginald, from Blackburn, was 30 years old.