Vaughan-Thompson, Richard Henry


The only son of Colonel Edward Vaughan Thompson of East Sheen, and Emily Charlotte Vaughan-Thompson, the daugher of Richard Beachcroft, a solicitor, he came to Winchester from Summerfields, Oxford. He went to Trinity College, Cambridge in 1901 and graduated with Honours in Jurisprudence. After leaving Cambridge he became a partner in his father’s firm (Messrs Beachcroft, Thompson & Co, solicitors of Theobald’s Road, London) and later was elected to Holborn Borough Council. He had served for some years before the war in his father’s old regiment of Volunteers, the 3rd East Surreys, and in August 1914 he re-enlisted in the Inns of Court OTC.

In September he obtained a commission in the 11th Battalion Royal Fusiliers and went to the front in July 1916. He fell at Thiepval, in an area known as Brawn Trench, on 26th September 1916 leading his company to the assault of a strongly fortified position. He was mentioned in despatches.

He had married in 1915 the Hon. Isabel Shaw, youngest daughter of Lord Shaw of Dunfermline and lived at 1 Palace Gate, London.

War: World War 1

  • Surname: Vaughan-Thompson
  • Forenames or initials: Richard Henry
  • House: F
  • Years in School: 1897-1902
  • Rank: Captain
  • Regiment: Royal Fusiliers
  • Date of Birth: 20th October 1883
  • Date of Death: 26th September 1916
  • How Died: Killed in action
  • Location in War Cloister: Outer B1
  • Decoration: NA
  • Burial Site: AUTHUILE MILITARY CEMETERY: Grave E.35