Contributed by: Bernadette Mortimer, on 2008-11-09
|Year of Birth||1893|
|Year of Death||1970|
|Place of Wartime Residence||London, Greater London|
Thomas was my uncle Tom. He enlisted in 1915 together with his father. He was at Gallipolli and then in France. He was affected by gas and later developed cancer of the larynx. He was also traumatised mentally by the war which he saw out to the bitter end. Unlce Tom lived to the age of 80yrs. I saw him shortly before he died. He could no longer eat or drink normally and because of his previous surgery on his throat he spoke very slowly and with difficulty. It was the only time he ever mentioned his wartime experiences to me, and with typical London wit, he said. "Bernadette, I have always had bad dreams about pulling my bayonet out of a mans body, but all I can dream about now is a plate of bacon and eggs!"