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Name: Thomas William TODD
Casualty No.: Ranks: Leading Aircraftsman Initials: T W Service No.: 1132528
Date of Birth : - Place of Birth : Crawcrook, Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham. Age at Death: 22
Unit: Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve.
Former Unit(s):
Place Enlisted:
Place of Residence: Scotswood, Newcastle upon Tyne, Northumberland.
Home Address: Prospect Terrace, Scotswood, Newcastle upon Tyne.
Previous Address: 16 Fell View, Crawcrook, Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham. 8 Victoria Street, Crawcrook, Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham.
Civilian Employment: Miner at Clara Vale Colliery.
How Died: Died of wounds
Date of Death: Saturday 8th July 1944
Place of Death: Dunston Hill War Persons Hospital, Dunston, Co. Durham.
Battle/Campaign:
Locally Commemorated: Ryton War Memorial, Station Bank, Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham. Emma Colliery Memorial, Crawcrook, Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham. St John's Church, Roll of Honour, Greenside, Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham.
UK Commemorated: -
Overseas Commemorated: -
Buried: Newcastle upon Tyne (West Road) Cemetery, Northumberland.
Decoration and Medals: 1939-45 Star. Africa Star. War Medal.
Photographs: 2
Service Records: No
Death Notice/Obituary: Newcastle Evening Chronicle, In Memoriam, 11th July 1944.
Family Details:
Son of Mr. and Mrs. Hugh Todd, of 16 Fell View, Crawcrook, Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham. Husband of Violet Todd, of Prospect Terrace, Scotswood, Newcastle upon Tyne, Northumberland. Sisters: Peggy, Ethel and Gladys.
Notes : Thomas was born at 42 The Huts (now Chesters Gardens), Crawcrook). He was educated at the local schools of Emmaville and Ryton. His father, Hugh, worked as a miner at the Catherine Pit, which was situated where the Westburn estate now stands. All three sisters were in war service. Peggy served with the Navy Army Air Force Institute (NAAFI), whilst Ethel and Gladys served with the Auxiliary Territorial Service (ATS). Thomas was wounded when attacking enemy aircraft, sustaining serious injuries. He was evacuated from the North African theatre of war and was transferred to a hospital in Bristol. He was then transferred back to his native North East and admitted to the Dunston Hill War Persons Hospital for treatment. Thomas was to suffer more pain as he underwent a further twenty two major operations. The injury to his head was too extensive and he died in hospital.
Sources Used: Commonwealth War Graves Commission Debt of Honour Register. Newcastle Journal, 14th July 1944. Information from family members.
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