From the category: Behind the Lines

Sergeant Joseph Frank Thompson 1877 - 1973

Joseph served for eight years in the Royal Sussex Regiment and four years on the Reserve.

Two months after the outbreak of the Great War (July 1914) he joined the Rifle Brigade and, by then holding the rank of Sergeant, he was sent out to India on January 11th 1916.

He is pictured above, the left of the two seated figures.

In a letter to the Herts and Cambs Reporter  the four servicemen in the photograph, one another local man from Royston, said that they were “happy in the knowledge that although parted from their wives and families they are doing their little bit to help Britain win this war.”

Further details are on the Meldreth Local History Group's website: