D V Thomson. WW1 War & Vic ( bil) Pte 2nd SAI. WIA, 39/45 Star, Africa Star, War, MID ( loose emblem). ASM missing.. Named WW1 “on service”badge
Douglas Victor Thomson ( brother of William) joined 2nd SAI in March 1917. He was quickly shipped to Europe. He wasn’t long in the Regiment before he was wounded ( 16th October 1917 ). The History of 1st SA Brigade noted that on that night the 2nd and 4th Regiments were relieved by the 1st and 3rd Regiments. It was likely that he had been with the regiment in the Battle of Menin Wood. After being wounded it seems that he took no further active part in the war.
In WW2 he again joined up as a Pte. in the Infantry Reserve Training Depot. His wound from WW1 as well as his age meant that he wasnt going to the fighting front, but he performed well, reaching the rank of WO1 and being awarded a MID ( gaz 15/10/1942)