Tommy Brown-George Medal

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Reference WMO/281718


Saville Exchange Building

Howard Street

North Shields

NE30 1SE


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Status: On original site
Type: Non freestanding
Location: Internal
Setting: Attached to a building/structure
Description: Stained glass window
  • Glass Stained Glass
Lettering: Inscribed on a plaque
  • Second World War (1939-1945)
About the memorial: Stained glass window. The window faces onto an inner courtyard and was unveiled on 16 February 2002 by his brothers and sisters. The dedication is on a sloping copper plaque on the outside window cill. He was the youngest person ever awarded the George Medal but died rescuing his sister from a house fire before he could receive it.
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On the window; 1939-1945; On the Plaque: Thomas Brown G.M. North Shields War Hero/On October 30th 1942, Thomas Brown/a 16 year old Naafi Canteen Assistant serving on H.M.S. Petard,/risked his life to help capture the Enigma codes from a sinking German U-boat./His incredible bravery shortened World War II by at least 12 months/thus saving countless lives world wide/This stain [sic] glass window was donated by the Naafi as a tribute to his bravery

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