James Thomas Thompson was the son of William and Ellen Thompson of Bruntwood. He was born on the 9th of April, 1893, and after schooling became a farmer He enlisted on the 23rd of February, 1917, in the New Zealand Rifle Brigade, 1st Battalion, 3rd Company. He joined the army in France and rose to the rank of Sergeant. He served through the war and was with the army of occupation when he succumbed to the terrible influenza epidemic that killed millions. Demobilisation had begun on the 26th of December 1918. Further drafts left Cologne at the rate of about 1000 men per week. Unfortunately, the 'Spanish Flu was sweeping through Europe and many souls weakened by the war succumbed to the condition. James became ill before repatriation and died on the 24th of February, 1919, age 26. He is buried in the Cologne Southern Cemetery,Block XII Grave A 24.