Those other members of the Bomb Disposal Team, killed and buried alongside Sapper Ernest Thompson were as follows.
Serjeant 1911226 David Thompson, (no relation)
Lieutenant 123014 Lawrence Joseph Ball - (a local man whose parents lived in Plymouth and whose wife lived in Paignton)
Lieutenant 154324 David Ross
Sapper 1894425 Douglas Alfred Palmer
Sapper 1991724 Thomas Raffle Fishwick
Driver 1945630 Albert William Stevens
Driver 1945480 Reginald Sullivan
In the 287 days between 21st September 1940 and 5th July 1941, 24,108 bombs were made safe and removed by the Bomb Disposal team volunteers.*
Various other members of the Thompson family saw service during WW2, including nephews Ernest John Wood, who served with the 1st Airborne Battalion of the Border regiment, with whom he was captured during the epic battle at Arnhem, Eric Wood, who served as a Stoker with the Royal Navy and James Wood who served with the 61st (5th South Lancashire) Searchlight Regiment, the Highland Light Infantry and the Royal Scots Fusiliers. Ernest’s brother in law James Wood, served in WW1 with the South Lancashire Regiment and the Army Service Corps, and his own father James Thompson served with the Army during WW1.
*In recent times, efforts have been made to map Plymouth to show future builders and developers where they might expect to discover unexploded bombs. There have been many unwelcome discoveries since Ernest Thompson's time. Among the most recent are the 100 kg bomb which turned up in the City Centre in April 2009; a 70kg bomb found in Notte Street 12 November 2010 and another of the same type found in the same area 23 February 2011 - it is estimated that 1 in 10 of bombs dropped during the war failed to detonate.