Driver Harry Tompkins

Rank or Title

Date of Birth


Date of Death

29 Mar 1918

Service Number


Place of Birth

United Kingdom

World War I Address

23 Thorold Street
United Kingdom

Place of Death


Grave Location

Abbeville Communal Cemetery Extension

War Memorial Location

Soldier or Civilian

  • Soldier


The Luton Reporter , 16th April 1918
Driver Harry Tompkins

Driver Harry Tompkins, 90111, 78th Field Company Royal Engineers, died in Abbeville Hospital, France, on Good Friday, March 29th, 1918, from wounds received at Mons.

He was aged 42 and, although born in Luton, Bedfordshire, he was living with his wife and six children in Luton, Chatham, Kent, when he enlisted.

A son of Elizabeth and the late William Tompkins, of 28 Essex Street, Luton, Beds, he had been a farm labourer in Toddington before going to work as a groom in Kent by 1901. He married Kent girl Margaret Louise Wiffen at St Michael's Church, Maidstone, in 1902. Their six children were Lilly (born 1903), Thomas (1906), Frederick (1907), Doris (1910), Robert (1912) and Ivy (1913).

Harry enlisted in the Royal Engineers on March 29th, 1915, and served with the British Expeditionary Force. He is commemorated on our local Luton Roll of Honour.

Driver Harry Tompkins

Author: Deejaya

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