Ian Thompson
Wiradjuri
Warrant Officer Class 2
Royal Australian Infantry Corps (RAINF) 1975 -1980
3rd Battalion, The Parachute Regiment (UK) 1980 – 1984
Royal NSW Regiment 1986 – 2001
Australian Army Infantry Museum, Singleton
Falklands War Veteran

Medals
South Atlantic Medal with Rosette 1982
Reserve Forces Medal 4 clasps with Federation Star (40 years service)
Australian Defence Medal

Born Sydney, NSW, 16 March 1958. Grew up in Gymea (Sutherland Shire). Attended Gymea Bay Public School then Kirrawee High School. In 1975, after leaving school, joined QANTAS as an apprentice Aircraft Maintenance Engineer and in the same year joined the Citizens Military Force (CMF) later renamed Australian Army Reserve. In 1980, after finishing my trade, I left Australia and joined the British Army. I joined The Parachute Regiment and was posted to 3rd Battalion, (3 PARA). I served with C Company 3 PARA. Landed in the Falkland Islands 21 May 1982. Fought at Mount Longdon 11 to 12 June 1982. Returned to UK and was posted to D (Patrol/Recon) Company 3 PARA. Discharged from the British Army in February 1984 and returned to Australia.

After returning I joined the State Rail Authority of NSW working firstly on freight trains at Enfield then transferred to suburban electric trains at Mortdale and served as a Train Driver for over 30 years, retiring in 2018. I re-joined the Army Reserve in 1986 and continued to serve, with an age extension, till I will be discharged in 2025. I married Therese in 1985 and we have three sons, Scott, Ben and Dean.

 

Photo Caption: Private Wally Walacott and Ian ‘Aussie’ Thompson of 8 Platoon C Company, 3rd Bn The Parachute Regiment ( 3 PARA) pose for a impromptu photo. Estancia House area, Falklands. Date between late May early June 1982. photographer- Unknown.

Thank you to WO2 Ian Thompson for kindly providing this photo to the Serving Country Project.