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Trooper Tom Canning - WW2 Site Helper
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Tom Canning - born Cowdenbeath, Fife, Scotland in 1924 moved to Lochee near Dundee during the miners strike of '26/'27. schooling was with the R,C,faith at St,Mary's Infants, St.Mary's junior and St.John's at Dundee. Gained six Higher certs, but War broke out in Sept. '39 which put paid to further education for the time being. Went to England and worked in war factories in Coventry and Birmingham. Joined the Army at Bury St.Edmonds in 1942 - the Royal Armoured Corps at Barnard Castle, Co Durham. Went overseas to North Africa and joined 145th Regt R.A.C. then on to Italy where I was badly wounded at the battle of the Gothic Line. Was demobbed from Austria in 1947, back to England, was sales representative for small, now very large tool supplier.Married Veronica in 1950, emigrated to Canada 1957. Three children born in Canada but educated in the U.K.
meanwhile I went to University of Toronto for three years followed by a further three years at University of Calgary. returned to the U.K. 1971
and started business in Bournemouth, retiring and returning to Canada in 1987.Eldest son married and has three children, the other two are still single, our Daughter works in London U.K. and the boys in Vancouver .B.C. They will all be with us for Christmas !

Trooper Tom Canning - WW2 Site Helper added messages to the following stories

Green Envelopes
D Day Dodgers
D Day Dodgers
Canadians in Italy
Canadians in Italy
Canadians in Italy
My Dad the Dodger
Twins in Tanks
My Dad the Dodger
Canadians in Italy
Tunisia 1943 by tom Canning
Tunisia 1943 by tom Canning
Training for Tank Crew
Tunisia 1943 by tom Canning
WAAF
Agira Cemetery
Music in Italy
R.A.C. Memories
Blairgowrie pickers
Blairgowrie pickers
Blairgowrie pickers
The Yalta Aftermath
The Yalta Aftermath
Peter WWII researcher
Peter WWII researcher
Peter WWII researcher
D Day Dodgers
The Road to Rome
The Road to Rome
Lake Worthersee
Ron's Grand Tour
Peter Pearson's war story
Lake Worthersee
Ron's Grand Tour
The Road to Rome
Medenine
Medenine
Medenine
A Successful Tattoo
Retorno di Sorrento
Black Watch
Telling it as it was
Green Envelopes
Front Line
Armour Piercing Discarding Sabot
First sight of Algiers
First sight of Algiers
Characters at War
The Yalta Aftermath
Armour Piercing Discarding Sabot
The Soviet Liberation
D-Day Dodgers
The Soviet Liberation
The Soviet Liberation
D-Day Dodgers
Monte Cassino March/
Monte Cassino March/
D-Day Dodgers
D-Day Dodgers
Early Army days Oct '42
Early Army days Oct '42
D-Day Dodgers
Joining 4Hussars
D-Day Dodgers
Churchill in North Africa
Joining 4Hussars
D-Day Dodgers
D-Day Dodgers
D-Day Dodgers
D-Day Dodgers
HKD * Cassino
HKD Cassino
From Stirling to Stoke via
Swiss Red Cross
Sicily
Sicily
Bonfire
D-Day Dodgers
D-Day Dodgers
Battle of Monte Cassino
Bill Brown's
Fried eggs on Tank
Fried eggs on Tank
D-Day Dodgers
calvados
The Academy
Grants for veterans
keeping a diary in war time
78 Division in Egypt
The day I should have died
78 Division in Egypt
78 Division in Egypt
78 Division in Egypt
78 Division in Egypt
78 Division in Egypt
Pte. Barker
Life in Wartime Austria
No Subject
What you missed
What you missed
What you missed
What you missed
What you missed
What you missed
What you missed
Front Line
Music of any kind.
Music of any kind.
LEICESTER UNDER ATTACK
78 Division in Egypt
Music of any kind.
Music of any kind.
Music of any kind.
Music of any kind.
D-Day Dodgers
Stick it in - album
Worst night of life
Monfalcone New Years eve
Burmw 1944
Monfalcone New Years eve
Worst night of life
Monfalcone New Years eve
Monfalcone New Years eve
Monfalcone New Years eve
MacConnachies Stew
Landing in Sicily
Army Beds
Army Beds
Army Beds
Army Beds
Army Beds
keeping a diary in war time
keeping a diary in war time
keeping a diary in war time
keeping a diary in war time
keeping a diary in war time
Training
Grandad
Doctor from Leeds
Fathers background
Fathers background
Fathers background
Monte Cassino March/
Monte Cassino March/
D Day Dodgers
Monte Cassino March/
Monte Cassino March/
D Day Dodgers
France - July 1944
6th Airborne
D Day Dodgers
North African Anecdote
D Day Dodgers
Pte Goodwin DLI
Pte Goodwin DLI
D Day Dodgers
D Day Dodgers
Brian Teather
The day I should have died
The day I should have died
Indian memories of World War 2
Re: My memories of the War in India and my Uncle’s Fortune in Scotland by Mr S E Ali
High prices in India
smelly
Vet remembers
Cassino Cemetery
Verrieries Ridge
Boring? never.
Salerno 9th Sept. 1943
Christmas '43
Boring? perhaps sometimes!
Famous trumpet player
D Day Dodgers
Partigiani
Cassino War cemetery
Story edited on 8 July 04
Grandma Green
Christmas '43
D Day Dodgers
Re: BBC FAMILY HISTORY
Glimpse of life
Glimpse of life
Verrieries Ridge
D Day Dodgers
Cassino War cemetery
D Day Dodgers
Bill Brown's Experience
Tim Hardy's memoirs
Re: Scapa Flow to Sicily
D Day Dodgers
D Day Dodgers
D Day Dodgers
Story edited on 8 July 04
Story edited on 8 July 04
Story edited on 8 July 04
McCollum Family
Talking to german POW's
South African entry
Cassino War Dead
Bill Williams's War
Parchute scare
Night Guard
Interesting
The First Battle of Monte Cassino - January 1944
The First Battle of Monte Cassino - January 1944
The First Battle of Monte Cassino - January 1944
The First Battle of Monte Cassino - January 1944
The First Battle of Monte Cassino - January 1944
The First Battle of Monte Cassino - January 1944
Longforgan
Reminiscences
Reminiscences
Reminiscences
Getting out of the Army
Durham Lad in Cdn Army
Joining the colours
Joining the colours
Charlie 4 is not answering my signals
Battle of Cassino 1943044
Desert Rat
The Hell of Monte Cassino
Kissing cup -
Albert Edward Gregory DFC
Another river - Ahrnem
Italy 1944
Italy 1944
Dive bombing in Italy
Re: BBC FAMILY HISTORY
My Husband was missing
Algeria - Italy
Cassino Cemetery
Irish - Italian romance
Grandparents taken back to war
Grandad in India
From Mold to St Valery, Egypt and Italy
From Mold to St Valery, Egypt and Italy
A Special Job
The War
Attack at Salerno Pt 1
Cassino 1944
Attack at Salerno Pt 1
Can you help
Collapsing beds
Collapsing beds
Italy 1944
Collapsing beds
Christmasses past.
Collapsing beds
Christmasses past.
Christmasses past.
Christmasses past.
A Special Job
Christmasses past.
From Mold to St Valery, Egypt and Italy
Can you help
Christmasses past.
Spam - did it save the country
Can you help
Christmasses past.
D Day Preparations by Canadian Army
D Day Preparations by Canadian Army
Collapsing beds
Collapsing beds
Collapsing beds
The 'Puff' range
Call up Chapter one
Xv11 Roll of honour
From Mold to St Valery, Egypt and Italy
Mis Adventures in Nth Africa
Collapsing beds
Collapsing beds
D-Day Dodgers
D-Day Dodgers
D-Day Dodgers
Youth
D-Day Dodgers
From Mold to St Valery, Egypt and Italy
Viennese friendships
Viennese friendships
D-Day Dodgers
The barracks in Bury St.Edmunds
Tank still there
Shell shocked in Italy
From Mold to St Valery, Egypt and Italy
Kasserine pass
The Living Years
Dad as a conchie
Dad as a conchie
The Living Years
My Father in Law
My Father in Law
My Father in Law
Hell Fire Corner
My Father in Law
My Father in Law
Dad as a conchie
My Father in Law
My Father in Law
My Father in Law
Longstop Hill
Music of any kind.
My Father in Law
Addendum to Music in Wartime Italy
Music in wartime
Music in wartime
My Father in Law
My Father in Law
My SAS Grandfather
Music in wartime
POW Camps
My Father in Law
My Father in Law
My Father in Law
Link to my story
Link to my story
Link to my story
Link to my story
A Tankman's Tales
Strasbourg Part 3
Strasbourg Part 3
WW2 Infantryman
WW2 Infantryman
The Soundtrack to War
American 'Historians'
My Father in Law
My Father in Law
Tunisia 1943 by tom Canning
Different Spitfire et al
The day of the telegram
Tunisia 1943 by tom Canning
Different Spitfire et al
Dismal days
POW Camps
Trooperstan's girl
trooperstan's girl
The First Battle of Monte Cassino - January 1944
Casualties WW2
The Quiet Commando
Unidentified Allied Soldier
D-Day Dodgers
Unidentified Allied Soldier
Music in wartime
POW Camps
Unidentified Allied Soldier
Music in wartime
Music in wartime
Unidentified Allied Soldier
Italy 43 & '44
Italy 43 & '44
Russsian Atrocities in Berlin
Tiger Tank
Unidentified Allied Soldier
Italy 43 & '44
Strasbourg Part 3
St Nazaire
Tiger Tank
Music in wartime
Jock Watt and the 3rd RTR
Ben Cummings
Edward Charlton VC
Russsian Atrocities in Berlin
Russsian Atrocities in Berlin
Italy 43 & '44
L/C Green
Russsian Atrocities in Berlin
L/C Green
L/C Green
Re=Gunner Burnard and the brigadier
Russsian Atrocities in Berlin
Russsian Atrocities in Berlin
The Abbey at Montecassino
CANADIAN MEN
Russsian Atrocities in Berlin
An army cook's story
Air raid shelters toItaly
CANADIAN MEN
Tiger Tank
Tiger Tank
D-Day Dodgers
D-Day Dodgers
You've got to laugh
D-Day Dodgers
Kenilworth U.K.
Wartime nursing and penicillin.
Music in wartime
Uncles' graves.
Uncles' graves.
Music in wartime
Music in wartime
Music in wartime
Music in wartime
Adriatic to Cassino
Adriatic to Cassino
Music in wartime
Music in wartime
Music in wartime
Music in wartime
The First Battle of Monte Cassino - January 1944
Happy Birthday at Cassino
Happy Birthday at Cassino
Food Glorious food
The First Battle of Monte Cassino - January 1944
Music in wartime
Battle of Naples?
Music in wartime
Music in wartime
Ahabht Turn
Music in wartime
Music in wartime
First Capture of a Tiger Tank
POW Camps
Forgive one another
Tobruk to Tripoli
German efficiency
From Mold to St Valery, Egypt and Italy
6th batt gren Guards
Chaos in St Peter's
Many brave deeds - not enough medals
Food from Argentina
Re: How did Hitler keep control of Nazi Germany
D Day Landing
Sunderland Flying Boats
Food and Cl;othing
Arts in Rome 1944-45
Caen and falaise in a tank
War Time Experiences
Italy WWII 60th Anniversary
Food and Cl;othing
Caen and falaise in a tank
Arts in Rome 1944-45
Food and Cl;othing
D-Day Dodgers
Sicily 1943
Polish 2nd Corps
Army Newspapers
From Mold to St Valery, Egypt and Italy
From Mold to St Valery, Egypt and Italy
Army Newspapers
U Boats at Dundee
VE Day in Aldershot
Coriano
From Mold to St Valery, Egypt and Italy
V.E. Day
Army Newspapers
Vicount Montgomery
4th indians.
Viscount Montgomery
Sunderland Flying Boats
4th indians.
I've been posted to a Battleship
4th indians.
First canadian with MM
The Hood,
The Hood,
4th indians.
Too Late to Say Sorry
Nursing in Birmingham
The forgotten Army
4th indians.
Mussolini's last moments
WW11 Bomber Command
WW11 Bomber Command
WW11 Bomber Command
Working in the war Pt 5
Special Skills At Bletchley Park
Unique Medal
War Stories of R.C.Taylor
Special Skills At Bletchley Park
Encounter in Rome 1944
Never sleep under a tank
Uncanny Trip
Recollections
Recollections
Clearing up after WW2
Alemein to cassino
Tank Tracks
12th Lancers
Sherwoods in Italy
The Words that Brought the Country to a Standstill
Betty's wedding
The Black Bull
The Words that Brought the Country to a Standstill
Chocolate bar
Memoirs of Indian Soldier
Africa - Italy - Home
Africa - Italy - Home
Tank Tracks
Canadians
Spring of 1942
Nursing in Birmingham
One man's war
Jock Mair
Home again - Warlingham
Ensa
Springboks
Meeting old friends
Lili Marlene - D Daya Dodgers - Lady Astor
Re: CABLEWAY USED IN CROSSING THE SANGRO RIVER
Re: CABLEWAY USED IN CROSSING THE SANGRO RIVER
Memories of Itly during the war
The Black Bull
Survival
Wounded
The Black Bull
Still at Rest in Cairo "The Pyramids"
Adriatic to Cassino
Home again - Warlingham
Wounded
Tobruk Rats
Harold reeves
Harold Reeves
Survival
To all the girls
Survival
Survival
Out of action
POW Camps
Critics of the Dam Busters
Army Post office in WW2
Army Post office. Later.
Army Post office in WW2
Cdns In Italy
Army Post office. Later.
Wartime nursing and penicillin.
Crossing the Orle
Guards at Cassino
Survival
Dun's man 's service
Barnard Castle
Normandy Veteran
Strange Priority's
Medic at Arnhem
Americans
The Jaywick Operation
Wartime Birmingham
Adriatic to Cassino
Wartime Birmingham
Worst night of life
Day of fun
Writteen behind the line
Attack on Barbee farm
Legacy of El Alamein
Written behind the line
Written behind the line
After effects of War
Service records
Tall American
Written behind the line
Tank No 10 at Mormot
ABCA
Written behind the line
Penicillan Guinea Pig
Unknown RAF Footabll Teams
Penicillan Guinea Pig
Penicillan Guinea Pig
Military medal
The Devil's work
Steamroller farm
Last Chapter
Strange Priority's
Commanders Speech Italy 3rd May '45
Last Chapter
Wartime nursing and penicillin
Last Chapter
Last Chapter
Last Chapter
Unknown RAF Footabll Teams
Unknown RAF Football Teams
Lunch time Sgts Mess
Football in WW11
Dam Busters rehearsal
Lunch time Sgts Mess
Lunch time Sgts Mess
Lunch time Sgts Mess
60 years nightmare
Home again - Warlingham
Home again - Warlingham
Stick in Front of the Gustav Line
Stick in Front of the Gustav Line
To the Manor evacuated
First over the PO River
Cousins at Minturno
Eddie's War
I was no hero
Memories of Itly during the war
Unknown Holocaust
Robert Fleming Watson - Scottish Signalman
Monte Cassino March/
Cousins at Minturno
Wartime nursing and penicillin
Allied bombing of Germany
Before I forget
Mishap in Naples
Five years in Africa and Italy
Mick Goldstein
A Grandad remembered.
Bill's war in the RAC
27th lancers
Chaplaincy Museum
Serving in the Royal Tank Corps
Coincidences- Italy
Letter to researchers of 2056
Wadi Alam El Halpha
Liberation of venice
One day in France
Adventures Of A Dispatch Rider
Sherwoods in Africa & italy
Sherwoods in Africa & italy
Life and action in atank troop
Rommel's HQ in Tunis
Monty and Canaries
Do you have a glass
Do you have a glass
Last page of Diary
D-Day Dodgers
San Felipe Pt 2
Dance
Father I never knew
27th lancers bare rations
D-Day Dodgers
People I would like to meet
The de mob suit
The de mob suit
A Bride abroad
D-Day Dodgers
Did anyone know or care
D-Day Dodgers
D-Day Dodgers
Letter from Father
27th lancers bare rations
Ivan Sansom
Ivan Sansom
Pilgrimage to Lybia
Naples Opera house
Ivan Sansom
Anti-Tanks to London Irish
Well done all Site Helpers
Well done all Site Helpers
Monte Cassino
D Day Dodgers in Italy
Well done all Site Helpers
Wadi Alam El Halpha
Monte Cassino
Anti-Tanks to London Irish

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