Other names: John Thomas
Locations in this story: Crown Inn, Alvediston, WiltshireBerwick St. John, WiltshireWarminster, WiltshireSalonika, GreeceFrance & FlandersDonhead St. Mary, WiltshireWokingham, Berkshire
Story: John Thomas Compton was born in Alvediston, Wiltshire, on 30th May 1895 and baptised at Donhead St. Mary, Wiltshire, on 7th July 1895, the son of George Digby Compton and Jane Elizabeth Compton (née Isgar). He lived most of his life in and around Alvediston where his father was licensee of The Crown Inn. He enlisted on 1st October 1915 and joined the 3rd Battalion of the Duke of Edinburgh's (Wiltshire) Regiment as a Private (Service No. 32075). He transferred to the Royal Wiltshire Yeomanry (Service No. 2090). He served in both Salonika and France & Flanders. He was wounded on at least three occasions and spent much time in hospital. The last wound was a gunshot wound in the neck for which he was transferred to the military hospital in Wokingham until 31st December 1918. On discharge he was transferred to the Royal Scots Fusiliers (Service No. 33428). He was discharged shortly after on 26th February 1919. He was awarded the Victory and British War medals. He married Mary E. West in 1921 and they went on to have at least five children. By the 1939 Register he was living at Billingham House, Berwick St. John, Wiltshire, working as a Farm Labourer and Rabbit Catcher. He passed away at the age of 90 years in the Warminster, Wiltshire, Registration District in 1986.