James Tompkins was the son of James and Ann Tompkins. He enlisted in the MGC and was sent to the 4th Cavalry Squadron. In 1918 this unit was in the 2nd Cavalry Division which had a distinguished role in the Advance to Victory. It was present at the second battle of Bapaume in August, the battle of the Canal du Nord in September, the pursuit to the Selle in October and the Battle of the Sambre in November. Private James Tompkins died on the 20th February 1919, either of wounds inflicted in 1918 or sickness, and was buried in Stourbridge Cemetery (D 820). He was 28 years of age and is commemorated on the Stourbridge and St. Thomas's church Memorials.
Mary Stevens Park, Stourbridge, West Midlands, United Kingdom
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