Warrant Officer Alexander Patrick Thompson enlisted in the Australian Regular Army on 22 November, 1951. He served with the 1st Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment in Korea and later served with distinction in Borneo with the Special Air Service Regiment. He was posted as Regimental Sergeant Major 7th Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment on 19 August 1966 and served with the Battalion in that appointment throughout it’s tour of duty in South Vietnam from April 1967 to April 1968.
The preparation of the unit for overseas service would have been seriously hampered if it were not for the unfailing energy, drive and wisdom of Warrant Officer Thompson.His fine example of soldierly qualities were an inspiration to the non-commissioned officers. His excellent arrangements for their training and guidance ensured a high standard of competence. He also, with considerable imagination and foresight, started early on the training of a reserves of potential non-commissioned officers. As a result replacements were always available when needed on short notice.
During his service with the Battalion in South Vietnam he continued to set a fine example of loyalty, devotion to duty and pride in the Regiment. He also took an active part in operations, commanding a number of outstandingly successful patrols.
His contribution towards the success of the Battalion’s rasing and operational tour of duty in South Vietnam was of the highest order.
He was appointed a commissioned officer in February 1968