William Henry Thompson

Granard, County Longford, Ireland
Death 10 Oct 1918 (aged 58)
At Sea
Burial Buried or Lost at Sea
Memorial ID 179045165 · View Source
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Professor Sir William Henry Thompson.
Professor at Trinity College, Dublin.

Son of William and Mary Anne Thompson, of Cloonfin House, Ballinulty, Granard, Co. Longford.

Dundalk Institution
Queen's College Galway, 1879-1883.
Graduated First Class Honours in Medicine, 1883.

Professor of Physiology, Queen's Univ. Belfast, 1893-1902, Dunville Professor
Professor of Medicine, Trinity College, Dublin, 1902-death.
Knighted, 1918 New Years Honours List,
Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire, for services to the War effort

William Henry Thompson, a bachelor, Dunville Professor Queens College, of Donaghadee, son of William Thompson, a Land Agent, and Isabel Redfern, a spinster, of Donaghadee, daughter of Peter Redfern, M.D., Emeritus Professor, were married on 16 July 1894, at Donaghadee Church, Donaghadee, Co. Down.
The witnesses were
Vaughan Harley,
Lucy Redfern,
Peter Redfern,

In the 1911 census, the Thompson family were living at Hatch Street, Dublin.
present were,
William Thompson, aged 50, Medical Profession - not practicing, married, born in Co. Longford, Ireland,
Isabel, his wife, aged 47, married, born in London,
They had been married 16 years and had 5 children,

Muriel Redfern, daughter, aged 15, born in Belfast,
Kathleen Redfern, daughter, aged 12, born in Belfast,
Daphne Redfern, daughter, aged 8, born in Dublin,
Henry Havergal Redfern, son, aged 6, born in Dublin,
3 domestic servants were also present.
Violet Redfern, a twin sister of Muriel, b. 14 Aril 1895, older by 15 minutes, was not present

He was a civilian passengers on board R.M.S. Leinster which was sunk by torpedoes in the Irish Sea, 16 miles east of Dublin, shortly before 10am on the morning of 10th October 1918, on its outbound journey of 100km [68 miles] from Kingstown [now Dun Laoghaire], Dublin, to Holyhead, Anglesey, North Wales.
He was travelling to London to attend a meeting at the Ministry of Food.

His name is included in
R.M.S. Leinster Casualties I - Z

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