Andrew Bennett Thomson

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Andrew Bennett Thomson was killed in action at the Battle of Vimy Ridge on Easter Monday, April 9th, 1917, the first day of the battle.  He was born December 4, 1896, and 20 years of age when he was killed.   He was part of the 72nd Battalion, CEF, aka the Seaforth Highlanders of Canada, which was an infantry ballion of the Canadian Expeditionary Force.  

He was born at Hwangyen, Chekiang, China, where his parents had served via the China Inland Mission since 1892.  While on furlough, his parents also founded a center in late 1915 in Vancouver to awaken interest in the CIM.  His father, Charles Thomson, was serving as Pacific Northwest District Secretary by 1929.    

In his last letter to his parents, which was printed in Armour of Light, he said, "I have just finished getting my kit in order.  We may move off at any time.  I am resting on the eternal promises of God in Christ Jesus.  I go up to the battle knowing Him in whom I trust, and in His perfect peace.  All things work together for good for them that love God."

The editor added, "A testimony like this takes the bitterness out of the cup of sorrow for the parents, and gives encouragement to others who follow on in the path of faith".  

There was also a Rev. Elliot H. Thomson that was appointed a missionary to China starting on December 22nd, 1859 by the Board of Foreign Missions of the Protestant Episcopal Church in the United States that was serving as late as 1867, according to a book from that year: "Memorials of Protestant Missionaries to the Chinese", published by the American Presbyterian Press in Shanghai.

Additionally, there was a British Presbyterian pastor named Alexander Grant who arrived in China in 1858, and took a voyage in 1861 for the benefit of his health to Penang where he met some Plymouth Brethren that convinced him to resign his Presbyterian connection.

Sources

  • May 1918: Armour of Light