1 Reply Latest reply on May 15, 2019 4:06 PM by Elliot Schneider

    Seeking records about Pvt Royal Thompson, WWI

    Deanna Lang Newbie

      Hello there..! I am inquiring about trying to find the identity of a World War I soldier. I went to a flea market the other day here in my home state of Connecticut, and one of the vendors had some WWI Army stripes and US pin for sale, along with a trench mirror in it's original cloth/material case. Bought the items, and upon inspecting them later on that night, I discovered that there was writing on the cloth case of the trench mirror... it says the following:

       

      Pvt Royal A Thompson

      60th Inf Hq Co

      Wounded July 5, 1918 and Sept. 25, 1918

      arrived in France in April on S.S Baltic

      War ended Nov 10 at 11 am

       

      I have tried a few different sites trying to find anything about this soldier, have found a few names of Royal Thompson or with Royal Thompson and a middle name with A (Arthur etc), but have been unable to find along with these names, any Infantry info or the like to confirm the identity. Please if anyone can assist, I would be beyond grateful; have almost developed a kinship with him now at this stage...just want to honor him, and all that he did for our country...

       

      Thank you for your time in reading this...

      - Dee

        • Re: Seeking records about Pvt Royal Thompson, WWI
          Elliot Schneider Scout

          Deanna,

           

          Here is a little bit more his Name is Royal Alton Thompson service # 2381949. He was born in 1894 in New Hampshire. He was drafted and actually left for France in April 16th 1918 on the ship Calamares leavingfrom Hobeken New Jersey. He is listed with HQ Company 60th Infantry. According to documents he was listed AWOL on the ships manifest on the Calamares not sure if this was an error but somehow he was seen on another ships logs of the Baltic showing a departure in April 25th of 1918 from New York listed with Casual Dept 5th Div Co 3.

          Mr. Thompson is last  seen on the ship Finlands logs listed as med/ surgery sick wounded leaveing St. Nazaire France in Dec 1918. My guess is according to these logs that he was schedule to leave on the 16th of April 1918 but somehow went AWOL returned to military control then actually leaving on the 25th of April 1918 from New York cause he missed the original departure on the 16th. He may have had issues with traveling from New Hampshire to make his orginal departure, listing as AWOL. He was injured because of the third ship relating to sick and wounded on the ship Findland. Hope this helps.

           

           

          Thanks,

           

          Elliot Schneider

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