19 July 1896 at Pleystowe via
Mackay, QLD, Australia.
Sugar Cane Farmer.
Service and Enlistment Details
on 23 September
1916 at Mackay, QLD.
at Enlistment: Finch
Hatton via Mackay, QLD.
Details: Embarked Overseas
7 February 1917 with 41st
Reinforcements at Sydney,
H.M.A.T. A18 "Wiltshire".
of Death: Killed
in Action on
December 1917 while serving with
Machine Gun Battalion in France
at the age
Bonjean Military Cemetery, Armentieres, France,
Portion I, Row D,
Mother, Mrs. Marion Crompton, Finch Hatton
via Mackay, QLD.
Church of England.
In a letter to the editor of the Daily Mercury on 18 May 1994, Mr Frank Rolleston a noted Mackay historian and ex servicemen related a story told to him many years before by a Mr. Bob Renton who had witnessed the death of Major Crompton. Frank tells the story as such:-
“In an Anzac Day report (DM 25/4/1994) mention is made of Private Major Lionel Crompton, of Finch Hatton, who was killed on Christmas Eve during World War I in France. I recall that the late Bob Renton of Eton many years ago told me how Crompton was killed. I was also puzzled as to how Crompton as a major would be manning a machine gun, until I found out this was a Christian name and did not refer to rank.
Bob Renton said it was Christmas Eve 1917, and at night. His section had their machine gun right in the front line and were in a trench. It was bright moonlight and opposite a German machine gun which at intervals would fire bursts of bullets, apparently not at any particular target. Crompton was a tall lad and every now and then would look over the top of the trench which Bob thought was a bit risky.
He was going to tell Crompton to keep his head down, when he threw up his arms and fell back in the trench a bullet having hit him just below the eye.
Bob looked at his watch and it was just midnight. Apparently Crompton was well known in Finch Hatton and I understand was a member of a local band. About four weeks after his death a church service was held in Finch Hatton to his memory on Sunday, January 20, 1918 when the famous cyclone of that year hit.
service was at night and the wind, increasing in strength at 9pm while the
service was in progress, tore the roof off the church.
Panel 107, Australian War Memorial;
Daily Mercury, 25 April 1994.