Barry J. Thompson, 22
Barry Thompson, a shearer and shed-hand from Gunning, near Goulburn
in southern NSW, was the only son in his family but had four
sisters. He was called up for National Service on 1 May 1968 and
joined C Company 5RAR as a rifleman. He had completed 11 months in
Vietnam, much as forward scout for his section, when he was killed
by an exploding hand grenade on 1st February 1970. He died
peacefully in the arms of a comrade.
Barry was to go home in one week's time and was the last member of the Battalion to be killed in action.
One of his friends remembers him as the likeable larrikin who would be in anything going, and one who loved to have a beer with his mates. Barry was in the mould of the much-admired typical Aussie Digger.
Official commemoration: NSW - Gunning Cemetery
Commemoration Position: Methodist - Section E - Grave 12
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