THOMPSON, Vivian Ward

  1. Service Details
  2. Personal Details
  3. Unit and Rank Details
  4. Commemoration
  5. Notes
  6. Sources

Service Details

Branch of Service
World War I
Date of Enlistment

Personal Details

Date of Birth
Place of Birth
Dubbo NSW
Address (at enlistment)
Canberra ACT
Methodist Minister
Next of Kin
Edith Thompson (wife)

Unit and Rank Details

Final Rank
Final Unit
HMAS Penguin


AWM Commemorative Area Panel 5, Canberra ACT
Queanbeyan Methodist Church Roll of Honour


Rev. Thompson replaced Richard Boyer on the Canberra circuit of the Methodist Church in 1915 and stayed for a year before joining the navy as a chaplain. His first posting was to HMAS Encounter. His 1918 assessment by his Captain rated him as satisfactory and though he "was a pleasant mess mate, does not appear to take full advantage of his opportunities as Chaplain in getting in touch with the ships company and has little or no influence on them. Has worked hard as censor and coding officer". His appointment to HMAS Encounter ended on 31 July 1919.

Rev. Thompson remained with the navy serving on various ships and bases including HMAS Brisbane, Cerberus, Penguin, Adelaide, Sydney, Platypus, Albatross, and Australia. He was on board the Sydney when she sank the Italian cruiser the Bartelomeo Colleoni in the Mediterranean in July 1940. The Captain of HMAS Sydney stated in his final assessment of Thompson that he was a "conscientious and serious minded Chaplain. He is old for his years (56) and this fact combined with a frail constitution has been a handicap to him in the exacting conditions of a cruiser in war". Thompson was transferred from HMAS Sydney to the naval base at HMAS Penguin in December 1940. His health deteriorated particularly after the sinking of HMAS Sydney in November 1941, and he died in Sydney on 9 January 1943. He was interred in Northern Suburbs Crematorium in Sydney in the Florentine Wall, Niche 46CC.


WWII Nominal Roll
Queanbeyan Age - 23 November 1915, 23 May 1916, 16 June 1916
James Udy, 'Living Stones: The Story of the Methodist Church in Canberra', 1974 (p.55)
Image provided by Sandra Young
Stories from the ACT Memorial, 'Dangerous Seas', ACT Heritage Library
NAA RecordSearch - Series B2455 (First Australian Imperial Force Personnel Dossiers, 1914-1920)

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Queanbeyan Methodist Church Roll of Honour

Queanbeyan Methodist Church Roll of Honour

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