Tom spent his time on the following ships: Tui, one of four sister ships in the floatilla; The Fairmile, which was in vogue at the time; USS Telemanca for a fortnight for marine training; HMS Philomel where he trained as a Quartermaster; HMS Northumberland; HMS Devonshire, a heavy cruiser; and aircraft carrier HMS Collosus. These ships took him from Guadacanal, Solomon Islands, to England, Australia and various countries in between. Tom has a profile at the Navy Museum in Devonport, Auckland, if you would like to learn more.
This month Tom proudly celebrated his 90th birthday with a big bash! Should we also mention that he has had his driver’s license renewed for two more years, thanks to his excellent eyesight!