Thomas Edwin Thornton Shanks

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Captain Thomas Edwin Thornton “Tom” Shanks
Life dates
09 Jan 1892 - 1975
Unit or location Role Posted from until
Whitby, Area 7 Area Officer Royal Signals 13 May 1942 06 Mar 1944
Bowland, Area 10 Area Officer Royal Signals 29 Nov 1941 01 Apr 1942
Kent Network, Area 13 Area Officer Royal Signals 1940 1941
South Dalton Instation Area Officer Royal Signals 1942 1944
National ID
EKCF 84/1
The Royal Signals
Military number
Commissioned or Enlisted
13 May 1941



13 June 1911 Commissioned.

1911 Wessex Field Company Royal Engineers Territorial Army.

1914 Resigned Commission. Served in Royal Engineers during First World War. In the First World War, Signals were a branch of the Royal Engineers.

1 Oct 1916 Temporary Second Lieutenant

1 Sept 1921 Relinquished Commission.

May 1941 commissioned into Royal Signals. Captain Ken Ward recalled that Shanks was in Kent with Peter Fleming who left at the end of 1940. He may have been serving as a non-commissioned officer or else as an Officer in appearance but without formally being recommissioned.

Four Hedges, Filmwell, Sussex (1939)
Other information

Prewar radio amateur with callsign G2QV. His WW1 service record states he was 5 foot 10 inches tall with blue eyes and fair hair and a scar on the left side of his chest.

11 Dec 1914 he was charged with not complying with an order. 15 Jan 1915 he was charged with being absent from duty and lying to an officer.

He married Hilda M Harrison in December 1944 at Eastbourne. Member and later officer of Worshipful Company of Wax Chandlers. He and his wife breed Old English Sheepdogs and displayed them.

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