When the Second World War broke out in 1939 Tom decided it made sense to volunteer for active service. He knew that as a journalist he wasn’t going to saved from conscription and an added bonus of volunteering was that he could choose which service he wanted to join. He chose the RAF and in the years that followed ended up in India where among other things he was volunteered to run a concert party. Despite his skill at bending the rules Tom ended up a Corporal.
In the following pages Tom tells how he at least saw a bit of the world “fighting for his country”. Eventually he posted to India and eventually Cox’s Bazaar in what was eventually to become Bangladesh.