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The son of Thomas and Grace Thomson, Andrew was born in Lesmahagowe, Scotland, in around 1883. By 1901, Andrew’s father had died, and the family had moved to 4 Worcester Place, Wolverhampton. Andrew was living with his widowed mother, and siblings George, Maggie, Thomas and Mary. Andrew was a labourer working for a grain store.

On 22 March 1916, Andrew enlisted in the Durham Light Infantry (service number 4722, later 43821). By this date, his address was 15 Bond Street, Wolverhampton, and he was working as a warehouse man. His service records indicate that there was initially some confusion over Andrew’s fate. On 30 November 1917, the Colonel in Charge of the Infantry Records in York wrote to the War Office in London. Andrew’s sister, Mary, had written to them, requesting information regarding the death of her brother. However, the service number she gave was 43807, which relating to Private M. H. Thompson, also of the Durham Light Infantry, who had been killed in action. The service number was corrected, but unfortunately Andrew, too, had been killed in action on 27 October 1917 in France. Andrew is remembered at the Tyne Cot Memorial.