Thomas Victor Smith

Date of Birth: 24.5.1900
Died: 31.1.1987

Born: Portobello Road, Paddington, London

On the death of his mother (in 1907, aged 36) Tom was sent to his Uncle Walter Smith in Dunchurch. On the remarriage of his father he returned home to Monks Risborough.

At 14 Tom left school and joined the Post Office and when he was old enough, the Post Office Rifles.

He enlisted 24.5.1918 (8th City of London, Post Office Rifles)
Re-enlisted to Royal Tank Corps 2.7.1919 & went to India where he married and had 3 children.
Posted back to U.K. in 1930
Transferred to Royal Armoured Corps 11.4.1939
Commissioned 1st December 1940
Promoted War Substantive Captain (Quarter Master) 1.12.1943
Relinquished Commsion and granted honorary rank of Captain (Quarter-Master) 15.3.1954

While serving in the Army he was a keen footballer and became a boxing referee.

Worked until retirement at the age of 70 for Army Records in Bournemouth and Stockbridge

MEMBER OF THE MOST EXCELLENT ORDER OF THE BRITISH EMPIRE

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1939-45 STAR

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AFRICA STAR

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DEFENCE MEDAL

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GENERAL SERVICE MEDAL 1918-62

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ITALY STAR

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WAR MEDAL

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ARMY LONG SERVICE & GOOD CONDUCT (KING GEORGE V)

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ARMY MERITORIOUS SERVICE MEDAL - KING GEORGE VI

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