Notes: Gordon served and died in World War
I. He enlisted on 21 January 1915 and his unit embarked from Sydney on 8
February 1915 aboard the HMAT A1 Hymettus.
At the time of enlistment Gordon was a 2nd lieutenant in the 38th Battalion
of the Australian Field Artillery. Gordon reached the rank of captain in the
1st Division Artillery. His address at enlistment was 44 Hampton Road,
Fremantle, Western Australia and his next of kin as Mrs Daisy M. R. Thompson
of the same address. His age at embarkation was 31.
Buried: Y Farm military cemetery,
Bois-Grenier, Nord, France. His grave is located in Row C, number 29. His
name is also memorialised on the Australian
War Memorial panel 19, in Campbell, ACT. Addresses:
1915: 44 Hampton Road, Fremantle, Western Australia (World
War I Nominal Roll)
Birth: England Birth Index
(4Q1883 Pontypridd vol 11a p433)
Perth Modern School and Ormond College, University of Melbourne, Victoria,
Australia where Vernon was a medical student.
Death: 31 August 1928 in a Chelmer Private
Hospital, St Kilda Road, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, aged 22 The
Argus (Melbourne, Victoria) 1 September 1928 p13
THOMPSON.—On the 31st August, at a private hospital, St. Kilda road,
Melbourne, Vernon George, of Ormond College, Melbourne, son of the late
Captain Thompson and Mrs. Mumford, of Fremantle, Western Australia, aged
Obituary: The Speculum (The Journal of the Melbourne
Medical Students' Society) November 1928 p106 OBITUARY. Mr V. G. Thompson.
On August 31st, 1928, at Chelmer Private Hospital, there occurred
the death of Mr Vernon George Thompson, of Perth, Western Australia. Mr.
Thompson was a fifth year student of the Melbourne Hospital and a popular
member of the M.S.S.
He was educated at the Perth Modern School, from which he gained a
Government Exhibition for five years' University study. Having been an
undergraduate of the University of Western Australia for one year, he
joined this School, and during his four years' study here he was a friend
to all who knew him.
Mr. Thompson was a student of Ormond College, where he was
prominent in the sphere of tennis and all social activities connected with
He was keen on rifle shooting, and shot successfully in both W.A.
and Victoria. For a time he acted as Hon. Secretary of the M.U. Rifle
We deeply regret the loss of one whose career showed so much
promise and extend our sympathy to his mother, Mrs. Mumford, of Fremantle,
Victor served in World War II, reaching the rank of flight sergeant in the
Royal Australian Air Force. He enlisted on 13 March 1939 in Laverton,
Victoria at which time he was resident in Claremont and his next of kin was
Daisy Mumford. Victor was discharged on 14 August 1946 at which time he was
posted at the 14 Aircraft Repair Depot.
While he was in the air force, Victor was involved in a lawsuit over his
eligibility to vote in the air base's district as opposed to where he was
resident before enlistment. Geraldton
Guardian and Express (Western Australia) 22 November 1941 p1
AN AIRMAN'S CLAIM
AN INTERESTING DECISION
In the Geraldton Court of Petty Sessions yesterday before the
acting resident magistrate (Mr. T. H. Hannah), the appeal was heard of
Sergeant Victor Kingsley Thompson, of the Geraldton R.A.A.F. Service
Flying Training School against the objection to his name appearing on the
Geraldton roll for the Legislative Assembly.
Alan B. Rutherford, electoral registrar for the Geraldton
Legislative Assembly district, said that on October 1st he received a
claim card for the Geraldton Legislative Assembly district from Victor
Kingsley Thompson, who had given his address as the R.A.A.F. Station,
Geraldton. On the same date he returned the card to Thompson with a
covering letter explaining that for the purposes of enrolment members of
His Majesty's forces were considered to be still residing at the place of
living which they occupied prior to enlistment. It was further explained
that his enrolment for his previous place of abode would, therefore, be
protected. If, however, the claimant was living privately in Geraldton.
then such private address should be given on the claim card. Thompson
returned the card requiring his name entered on the roll. He explained
that he had definitely abandoned his former place of abode at Clarement.
He enrolled Thompson and advised the Chief Electoral Officer. He received
a reply from the Chief Electoral Office instructing witness to object to
Thompson's enrolment. He advised Thompson of the objection and supplied
him with a copy of the Chief Electoral Officer's letter. Notice of appeal
against the objection was filed on November 12th, when Thompson supplied
the grounds for his appeal. Witness had been instructed to object to the
enrolment under Section 2 of the Franchise Act, the relevant sections of
which read as follows: "(1) Any elector whose name is on the roll for an
electoral district and who is on active service with His Majesty's naval
or military forces shall during such service be deemed to continue to live
in the electoral district for which he was enrolled as an elector at the
commencement of such service. (2) Any person on active service with His
Majesty's naval or military forces who is qualified for enrolment as an
elector in an electoral district shall, if he claims to be enrolled as an
elector, be enrolled for the electoral district in which be lived
immediately prior to the commencement of such service, and shall during
such service be deemed to continue to live in such district." The
Solicitor-General had ruled that where a soldier at the date of enlistment
had a fixed place of abode, the going into camp was not such a change as
to justify the transfer of his name from one electoral district to
another. Thompson was already enrolled in respect to his place of abode
(No. 7. Vaclause Street, Claremont) and such enrolment was protected by
virtue of the provisions of the Franchise Act.
John Alexander Redwell. L.A.C., fitter, of the Geraldton R.A.A.F.
Service Flying Training School, produced an authority to appear for
Thompson, who was not in court. He said that Thompson had stated that he
had abandoned his former place of abode in Claremont, and it was not his
intention to return there. He then claimed enrolment in the Geraldton
electoral district. The act quoted in respect to the objection of the
enrolment had been proclaimed in 1916, and it dealt specifically with
members of the naval and military forces. It had no application to the
personnel of the air force. He had a letter, which the Chief Electoral
Officer had addressed to Thompson in which if was admitted that the act
gave no definition of the words "active service" and that the conditions
to-day varied greatly from those which prevailed in 1916. The officer had
further stated that the change into a military camp was not such as to
justify change in electoral enrolment, unless the claimant had previously
abandoned his usual place of abode. The inference from this statement was
that if a claimant first abandoned his place of abode, then he could
successfully claim a change in his enrolment. The ruling of the
Solicitor-General failed to apply because the act on which he had based
his judgment made no special provision for the air force. The legislature
realised the analogous position which had arisen and prepared another
Bill, which was recently before Parliament, but which had been rejected in
the Legislative Council. In this Bill mention was made of the air force.
He submitted a copy of this Bill as proof of the fact that it was
recognised that the 1916 Act did not provide for air force personnel.
Another anomaly in respect to the matter might be pointed out. Thompson
had been enrolled in the local electoral sub-division for the Commonwealth
Parliament and the authorities in this instance had accepted his address
at the R.A.A.F. Station, Geraldton. He claimed that the Franshice Act
could not be held to apply in this case and he asked the magistrate to
overrule the objection of the Chief Electoral Officer. If the appeal were
not upheld Thompson would be compelled by law to vote in an electoral
district in which he held no interest, a state of affairs which was at
least contrary to the spirit of their democracy. The interpretation to be
placed on the ruling of the Solicitor- General was such that a member of
the services would be prevented from standing for Parliament in the
district in which he was residing.
The Magistrate: You need not be residing in an electoral district
to stand for Parliament for such district. Provision is made for that in
another Act. You, however, become, automatically enrolled in the district
for which you are elected. This district, for instance, is represented by
a member who does not reside in it.
After further brief discussion the magistrate said that he proposed
to uphold the objection to the enrolment of Thompson's name by the Chief
Electoral Officer. He felt that the Act was intended to apply to the
personnel of the air force. Members of the air force were liable to
transfer at any time, and they would then have more interest in the
district in which they were then stationed than Geraldton. The air force
might be regarded as a branch of both the army and the navy. He instructed
that Thompson's name be struck off the roll.
Mr. Redwell : Can I appeal to another court against this decision?
The Magistrate: That is a matter on which I cannot advise you. Your
best plan would be to seek legal advice.
Death: 15 June 2001, in Cottesloe, Western
Australia, Australia, aged 90
Cremation: Victor's remains were buried in
the family grave in the Anglican section of the Karrakatta cemetery,
Karrakatta, Western Australia, Australia. The grave is located in section IC