was born in Glengairn, Scotland
and enlisted in the Royal Flying Corps.
at 16 during World War I
. In 1920, he came to Canada
, working as a sheep farmer in Saskatchewan
. In 1926, Anderson-Thompson returned to Scotland, meeting and marrying Janet Grant of Braemer Village. They moved back to the Praries in 1932, with Anderson-Thompson graduating from the University of Saskatchewan in 1936 as a Geological Engineer. In 1942, he joined the RCAF
and was posted to Rivers, Manitoba, as a navigation instructor until 1944. John and Janet moved to Yellowknife
, Northwest Territories
in 1944. Anderson-Thompson worked as a Dominion Land Surveyor, selecting the route for the Mackenzie Highway between Yellowknife and Hay River, as well as the locations of the Distant Early Warning (DEW) stations, accompanied more often than not by Janet, who contributed to the travels by sketch mapping as they went. He was also commissioned as the Captain and Commanding Officer of No. 7 Company of the Canadian Rangers
based out of Yellowknife, as well as the Justice of the Peace
and acting Magistrate
. He was the leader of the No. 7 Rangers in Operation Bulldog III
. Anderson-Thompson died in 1985.