Thomas Gerard Vose
1919 - 1970
Tom was a 'desert rat' in the second world war. He wrote home of seeing the cream of German youth lying dead in the desert, and I believe that terrible experience was to stay with him through the rest of his life. The photo of him in the desert was taken with a Leica camera taken off a dead German officer.
Tom rode the First tank into Tobruk.
He was with the troops who fought their way up through Italy. He fought at the battle of.Monte Casino and after the battle he became godfather to two children in a church there.
They fought through France and into Germany. Of the forty men he trained with, only eight lsurvived the war. Fourteen of his tank commanders were killed.
His letters, descriptive but forthright letters of a soldier at war, were unfortunately too salty for his sister, Theresa, who destroyed them.
He died relatively young, three months before his mother. He shares a grave with his parents in St. Mary's, Little Crosby.
Birth: Mar 1919, Vose, Thomas G, mother: Leatherbarrow, W.Derby, 8b 52
From Death Register:
Thomas Gerard Vose, born 11/3/1919; Death: Apr/Jun 1970, Liverpool, Ref: 10d 467