Capt. W. M. Thomson, Toronto Aviator, Awarded Military Cross
Toronto Evening Telegram
Wednesday, July 03, 1918
Transcribed by: M. I. Pirie
WON MILITARY CROSS
Young Toronto Aviator, Lt. W. M. Thomson, Victor in Air Fight.
Lieut. William M. Thomson, Royal Flying Corps, has won the Military Cross after two months' service in France. He is the only son of William Thomson, manager of the Thomson Monument Company1, and enlisted when 18 years of age, trained at Leaside and Camp Borden, and left for overseas in November last. He was a Jesse Ketchum School and Jarvis Collegiate boy.
An account of the affair says that Lieut. W. M. Thomson and 2nd Flt. Lieut. Kemp2 were cut off from their patrol and attacked by four enemy scouts. Lieut. Thomson turned and fired 200 rounds into one, which was seen to crash. Lieut. Kemp fired at another, and also shot it down. They were then attacked from above by an albatross scout. 2nd Lieut. Kemp was killed, and Lieut. Thomson, after spinning down 2,000 feet, turned and attacked the albatross, which was still following him, and drove it off. He then succeeded in reaching his lines. Lieut. Kemp was his observer.
Flight Lieut. Thomson was born in Lachine, Que., but had lived in Toronto practically all his life.
In a letter received recently from Lieut. Thomson he refuses to tell how he won the Military Cross.
1The Thomson Monument Co., Ltd. was a business in Toronto. Among other commissions, they erected war memorials. An example of their work is seen at the war memorial for Lindsay, Ontario.