Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Trooper Tom Canning (1924 - 2016)

Wartime photograph of Trooper Tom Canning (1924 - 2016)
(Vaprio de Addio, Milan, Italy, 1945
[Photograph contributed by Ron Goldstein
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Second World War veteran Tom Canning, one of the founding members of 'Second World War Blogspot' has passed away peacefully at a hospital near his home in Canada. Tom was a 'Site Helper' for the BBC "People's War" project and also made several personal contributions about his wartime activities. Tom was also a member and regular contributor to the 'WW2 Talk' website. 

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Blogger ritsonvaljos said...

This is a short biography of Tom Canning based on his personal page on the BBC “People’s War” project:

Tom was born in Cowdenbeath, Fife, Scotland in 1924 and moved to Lochee near Dundee during the miners’ strike of 1926 / 1927. He was brought up in the Roman Catholic faith and attended Catholic schools in Dundee: St Mary’s Infants and Juniors and then St John’s where he gained six ‘Higher’ certificates.

The outbreak of war in September 1939 put paid to Tom’s formal education for a while. He went to England and did war work in factories at Coventry and Birmingham in the West Midlands.

In 1942, Tom enlisted to the Army at Bury St. Edmonds and trained with the Royal Armoured Corps at Ghiringhelli Armoured Corps. His unit then moved on to Italy where Tom was wounded at the Battle of the Gothic Line.

After being demobbed and coming back to England in 1947, Tom worked as a sales representative for what was then a small but growing tools supplier. He married Veronica in 1950 and they had three children, all born in Canada after emigrating there in 1957. While in Canada, Tom attended the University of Toronto for three years followed by three years at the University of Calgary for three years. They returned to the U.K. in 1971 and started a business in Bournemouth before retiring and returning to Canada in 1987.

The BBC “People’s War” project began in June 2003 and continued until January 2006. It was a project where the public was invited to contribute their memories of the Second World War. Tom Canning was one of a small number of volunteer helpers for the website. When the “People’s War” project came to an end this website, ‘Second World War Blogspot’ was set up by four of the “People’s War” site helpers: Peter Ghiringhelli, Ron Goldstein, Frank Mee and Tom Canning.

Tom passed away quietly on Monday 30 May 2016 after a short illness. His wife, Veronica, predeceased him and with whom he is now reunited.

Tom Canning (1924 – 2016) R.I.P.:
“Eternal Rest Grant unto him, O Lord
And let perpetual light shine upon him
May he rest in peace.

Tuesday, 31 May, 2016  

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