George Edwin Thomson, the son of James and Ellen Thomson, of Glenfuccan, Helensburgh, Dumbartonshire, transferred from the King's Own Scottish Borderers to the Royal Flying Corps in September 1916. During flight training, he was badly injured in a crash which left him with a permanently scarred face. In the summer of 1917, he joined 46 Squadron in France and scored 1 victory with a Sopwith Pup before the squadron received Sopwith Camels. During March 1918, Thomson scored 15 victories, was awarded the Military Cross and was posted to the Home Establishment. Two months later, he was killed during take-off at Port Meadow when his aircraft burst into flames and crashed.
Military Cross (MC)
T./Capt. George Edwin Thomson, Gen. List
For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. On one occasion, when testing his machine, he observed a hostile two-seater machine between himself and the lines. He dived on it and fired sixty rounds at a close range, rendering the observer insensible. He then pulled up under the tail of the enemy machine, fired another thirty rounds, and observed it going down in a slow spin. He has accounted for six enemy machines, and has rendered continuous gallant and valuable service.
Supplement to the London Gazette, 22 April 1918 (30643/4833)
Distinguished Service Order (DSO)
Lt. (T./Capt.) George Edwin Thomson,
M.C., Gen. List, and R.F.C.
For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. On one occasion, encountering a number of enemy two-seater planes, he dived on one of these and sent it down in flames. On returning to our lines, he dived on to another enemy machine, the observer of which was seen to collapse in his cockpit, the hostile machine going down completely out of control. On the following day, observing a hostile two-seater machine, he dived on it, engaging it at 100 yards range. On the hostile plane going down in a slow spin, he followed it to within 2,500 feet, but was compelled to withdraw owing to heavy machine-gun fire from the ground. He has, in all, accounted for twenty-one enemy machines, and has at all times during recent operations displayed the most marked skill and gallantry.
Supplement to the London Gazette, 22 June 1918 (30761/7395)
Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC)
Lieut. George Thomson (King's Own Scottish
A brilliant and intrepid observer in whom his pilot places implicit confidence when engaged in action. He has personally accounted for nine enemy machines. On one raid, when acting as escort, fifteen enemy aeroplanes were encountered; of these this officer shot down two, which crashed, and one out of control.
Supplement to the London Gazette, 21 September 1918 (30913/11255)