Tommy Thompson
Full names: Gerald
Date of birth: 4 Oct 1886
Place of birth: Carnavon
Schools: Paarl Gimnasium Rondebosch
Springbok no: 142
Debut test province: Western Province
Date of death: 20 Jun 1916 (Age 29)

Test summary: Tests: 3 Tries: 0
First Test: 23 Nov 1912 Age:26 Forward against Scotland at Inverleith, Edinburgh
Last Test: 14 Dec 1912 Age:26 Forward against Wales at Millenium Stadium (Cardiff Arms Park), Cardiff
Test history:
23 Nov 191226ForwardScotlandWin: 16-0 Inverleith, EdinburghWP
30 Nov 191226ForwardIrelandWin: 38-0 Aviva Stadium (Lansdowne Road), DublinWP
14 Dec 191226ForwardWalesWin: 3-0 Millenium Stadium (Cardiff Arms Park), CardiffWP

Gerald "Tommy" Thompson

Gerald Thompson was born on 4 October 1886, in Carnarvon, Cape Province, the son of Gerald P T Thompson.

Played as a Hooker/prop for: Rondebosch High school, Western Province

SA tour of UK and France 1912-1913.

War service: 3744 Private, 5th Regiment, South African Infantry, East African Expeditionary Force. He enlisted on 16 October 1914 and was taken on strength by his battalion on 5 December 1915. He was hospitalised with malaria in March and April 1916.

He was killed in action on 20 June 1916, at Katanga, East Africa, and is buried in the Dar Es Salaam War Cemetery, Tanzania. The inscription on his grave reads:

In Memory of

3744, 5th Regt., South African Infantry
who died
on 20 June 1916

Remembered with honour