Item BCA - 2021.2749 - Tommy Gerring aged 99. 1922-2021

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BCA - 2021.2749

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Tommy Gerring aged 99. 1922-2021

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  • 1922 2021 (Creation)

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Tommy Gerring, born in 1922, died on June 14th 2021 after a short illness. He was a lovely man who worked all his life and in retirement he worked for the benefit of others in many ways. Almost until the last he still played whist 4 times a week and was very good at it. He had the wonderful disposition of not being able to talk with you without smiling at the same time. His memory was remarkable.

The Archive made three filmed conversations with Tommy

1. https://youtu.be/Ohl9hRICAiM Here Tommy talks about his years at the Morris car plant in Oxford where he worked after WWII

2. https://youtu.be/vUdYrO_uXQM Here Tommy talks about his skilled work during WWII. During the war he was in charge of a group of men who created and installed radio stations. He talks about doing this in N Africa, Italy and S France and being called on to help retrieve the dying and injured at one time and it upset him telling us. He said it was the first time he'd ever mentioned doing this, he hadn't even told Lily, his beloved wife.

3. https://youtu.be/84zyM0eguA8 Tommy's first job was on a farm in 1935 and in this film, he takes us on a walk around all the farms in Bampton and he recalls all the types of animals on each farm and who farmed them. A remarkable feat of memory when aged 89, the day before his 90th birthday.

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