Renouf Thomas J. Cadet 14427465

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Name Renouf Thomas Joseph
Army number 14427465
Rank Cadet
Decorations M.M., Legion D'Honneur, M.B.E.
Date of birth Born 28/3/1925 at Fisherrow, Musselburgh, East Lothian.
Age 91 at the time of his death.
Unit Thomas received his call-up papers on 1/4/1943, four days after his eighteenth birthday. He was enlisted in the General Service Corps at Perth's Queen's Barracks on 6/5/1943. After Basic Training undertook a 3-month's Signals Course. Transferred to the London Scottish September 1943, and posted to the 2nd Battalion. Transferred to the Black Watch, and posted to 1st Tyneside Scottish. Posted to the 5th Battalion Black Watch on the disbandment of 70th Brigade. Discharged to a Black Watch Commission 25/10/46, (as Officer Number 373008), Serial No. 63/1 - 1/1/47. Served for many years as the Secretary of the Black Watch Association and made various pilgrimages to France.
Company/Battery
Platoon or other sub-unit
Task or role Section Commander at the time of his gallantry award.
Joined Brigade Date not yet confirmed but probably early 1944.
Promotions Lance Corporal.
Wounded Yes, at Mauny in late August 1944 - probably just after leaving 1st Tyneside Scottish.
Prisoner of War No.
Died/Killed in action Died 26/6/2016.
Home address Educated at Musselburgh Grammar School. 40, Monkton Hall Terrace, Musselburgh
Source table 1TS

Further information will be gleaned from Dr Renouf's autobiographical account "Black Watch" and uploaded to the Webite. His various obituaries include his photograph and they will also be hyperlinked here.

The Lead Researcher had the great good fortune to interview Tom Renouf at Musselburgh and even greater good fortune that he wrote a personal dedication in a copy of his book "Black Watch" which I had acquired before seeing him. He was a gentleman, and commended the 70th Brigade research and the objectives which lay behind it. We did keep in touch occasionally but it was some time, to my chagrin, before I realised that he had passed away.