some photos and
documents and newspaper clippings
kindly donated by Thomas
McLaughlin's grandson - John Nodwell
of Thomas McLaughlin
Born 10th January 1910
- Died 11th May 2006
Thomas McLaughlin was born one of
eight children, five boys and three girls. His mother was called
Elizabeth Herdman and father Robert McLaughlin. His dad was a cook
in the army at Palace Barracks, Holywood, Co. Down. He came from
East Belfast and when the cattle were driven over the Albert Bridge to
Market, he, as a young boy took a tin can and milked the cows, then sold
it round the doors to help make some money for his family. He was
always a hard worker and indeed ended up working for Dobson's Dairies on
the Beersbridge Road. They moved premises to the Montgomery Road
sire where 'Tommy' became manager of the Dairy.
He married Elizabeth McChesney in 1936
and had three children, Eileen, Tom and Margaret. When World War 2
broke out he joined up and served from 1939-1945 with the 8th Belfast
H.A.A. In ranks, he rose to sergeant and worked a lot with the
Physical Education of his comrades. He was indeed present at
Dunkirk and also later at Kohima Ridge, Burma, where they were cut off
and surrounded by the Japanese. He was very brave and didn't speak
much of his experiences until later on in life when he was prompted by
He died at the age of 96, sadly of
a husband who devoted his
love. a father who supported his children.
a grandfather who gave and expected nothing in return. a
light-hearted man who enjoyed a song
and a soldier who fought in a war so that we may have our freedom.
~~~~~~~ Thomas' daughter Margaret, January 2011
Thomas McLaughlin &
Evolina Street on VE Day - Tommy's wife
Lilly right standing (nurse)
Xmas Comes But Once a Year,
And usually brings us all good cheer,
Parted again must we be dear, So we must look to the coming year,
Let's pray and hope this be the last, So we can be just like the past.
Chin up pal and don't look down,
For we are only part of the crowd,
Keep that smile and grin and bear, While I am here and you are there,
The tide will turn how big the wave, So until then must we wait,
Now lots of love to you my dear,
And all best wishes for the coming new year.
To Mt Darling Wife Lily
From Tommy X X X
2 The Merry
3 1891 And
Sgt. Robinson & Pte. Hunter
7 A Little
8 Health and
10 The Compere
Lieut. William, R.N.
11 Sketch 'The Chittagong
Camp' Gnrs. McQuitty
12 Gags and
14 Into to The 'Pig &
- 128 Alliance Road - milk tester
12 Evolina Street
11 Northbrook Street
10 Eia Street
Ministry of Pensions
Norcross, Blackpool, Lancs.
Minister of Pensions is commanded by His Majesty the King to forward to
you the King's Badge for members of the Armed Forces, the Merchant Navy,
the Home Guard and the Civil Defence Organisations who are disabled as a
result of war service.
I am, Sir, Your obedient Servant, H.
Section Roll (21st Battery)
H. W. Lockart (Lockhart)
Sgt. J. J. Sharpe
L/Sgt. W. G. Arthur
L/Sgt. T. McLaughlin
L/Sgt. A. Shoffren
Bdr. R. Brown
Bdr. W. Doyle
Bdr. G. Hockley
Cpl. H. Harvey
L/Bdr. W. Chubb
L/Bdr. V. Twigger
L/Bdr. V. Tiltstone (Tilstone)
L/Bdr. H. W. Wearing
Gnr. C. Allison
Gnr. T. Anderson
Gnr. A. C. Arthur
Gnr. J. Aston
Gnr. A. Billingham
Gnr. R. G. Callin
Gnr. A. Clifford
Gnr. J. Dickey
Gnr. A. G. Bruce
Gnr. J. Edwards
Gnr. H. Eva
Gnr. J. Foster
Gnr. J. Graham
Gnr. W. Graham
Gnr. W. F. or J. Gibson
Gnr. G. Girvan
Gnr. S. Hazel
Gnr. H. A. Harris
Gnr. J. Laing
Gnr. W. McGurk
Gnr. F. McGilloway
Gnr. T. McMorrow (McMorran)
Gnr. J. Naughton
Gnr. E. North
Gnr. A. E. K. Robb
Gnr. R. Robson
Gnr. R. J. Roberts
Gnr. W. J. or F. Smith
Gnr. W. H. State
Gnr. G. H. Stevens
Gnr. D. Stone
Gnr. S. Snoxall
Gnr. J. K. Thompson
Gnr. W. Thompson
Gnr. L. Thompson
Gnr. E. Thornton
Gnr. R. Trethewey
Gnr. S. Walding
Gnr. R. Warefield
Gnr. T. Wiltshaw
Gnr. J. Wood
Gnr. R. H. Woodside
Gnr. J. Dewhurst
Gnr. L. Smith
Roll (assume 21st Battery)
Gnr. F. Clarke
Gnr. A. Gould
Bdr. J. Lyttle
Bdr. W. Burney
Bdr. W. J. Smith
Bdr. ? V. Smith
W. ? Gibson
A. C. Arthurs
H. P. Hindley
Sgt. McLaughlin, T.
Gnr. Kearney, E. A.
Gnr. Pugh, A.
Gnr. Crawford, J. H.
Gnr. Clarke, L.
Gnr. Whitehead, H. E. 1674989
Gnr. Hawker, R.
Gnr. Mawhinney, W.
Gnr. Benijaim, I.
Gnr. Bateman, H.
The Coventry Evening Telegraph, Monday, October
A contingent of soldiers who fought in the historic Burma campaign were
included in Coventry's Thanksgiving Week procession on Saturday and they
were given an enthusiastic welcome. Picture shows the 'Burma Boys'
marching past the Council House.
articles from the Coventry Evening Post
Air Marshal Sir Arthur Coningham, Air Officer Commanding
N. African Tactical Air Force, gives a "gen" talk to
some of his men, letting them have a background picture of the war at
the moment and some idea of coming events.
Lady Alexander, wife of the British
General, and their children at their home in Windsor Forest
"Daffy" the little girl about whom I wrote last month has
become quite a celebrity. The "RA lads" have now added
theirs to the tribute paid her by the "RAF boys."
One of them writes: "Me and a pal happened
to be ?iving on a short holiday last Sunday, when we got to reading the
"Corner" and an item entitled "To Daffy" caught our
eyes. We be lads of the Royal Artillery stationed at two separate
posts, and I drew my pal's attention to this little bit. We also
happen to know this charming little kid, as she has also been kind to us,
bringing us the same gifts as she has to the RAF lads, once every week,
and my pal says he knows her too. This means she visits the Forces
three times a week and who knows what other good work she is doing other
days. We would like to add our appreciation, as this kiddie means
much to us now that she is a pal of us all. So will you print this
as a token of appreciation from the Royal Artillery? We owe her
Coventry and District
Ald. T. J. Harris has
celebrated his 80th birthday recently. At present he is spending a short
holiday in Wales.