I was conscious as I wrote it of how impersonal the description seemed, rather like a few lines in a newspaper recording the loss of just another airman, but such was the scale of losses during this conflict that this was how each tragedy was reported at the time. Thanks to the generosity of Tom's nephew Barrie and niece Barbara I have now had the opportunity to see some of the more personal aspects of Tom's death and to experience, however remotely, some of the anguish that Tom's parents and sister must have felt when the news of a second family bereavement came through.
On the 14th March 1945 Tom's sister Dora May, known as May to her friends and family, received a telegram .
|The telegram, dated just 2 day's after Tom's death, received by his sister May|
Tom and his navigator P/O George Block are now lying in the Bergen op Zoom cemetery, 30 km west of Breda, but according to Tom's death certificate and a passage from Leslie Hunt's book "Defence until dawn" he was initially buried in Breda, about 10 km from the crash site.
|Tom's final resting place in the|
Bergen op Zoom Cemetery.