It’s with great sadness that we learned of the passing of Second World War veteran Sergeant Tom Cave. Our most sincere condolences to his family and we thank Peter Buckley who provided us with the information necessary for this online tribute.
Tom was a Lance Bombardier with Royal Horse Artillery, attached to the Canadian 3rd Division. He was born in 1924 and died peacefully on December 30, 2016 in his arm chair, in his home in Drumnadrochit on Loch Ness.
Tom, as a British Lance Bombardier fought with the Royal Horse Artillery, firstly in Sicily in 1943 then on D-Day he was attached to the Canadian 3rd Division on Juno Beach. His regiment were supposed to land at Courseulles-sur-Mer. However, due to the currents and inexperience at the helm they landed at Bernières-sur-Mer. They initially took cover from the shelling at the Bernières railway station about 11:00 on D-Day, then drove towed their ’25 Pounder’ along the tracks towards Courseulles. As a measure of how close Tom worked with the Canadians, his gunners-assistant was a Canadian who was fatally wounded while they were shoulder-to-shoulder in their slit trench.
I met Tom for the first time in 2014 at a Remembrance Sunday service, because I had noticed he was wearing a 70th Anniversary pin from Bernières-sur-Mer. We kept in touch and I visited him at his home near Inverness, a number of times.
Last year I accompanied Tom and his grandsons to the June 6th ceremony at Juno Beach Centre. They very much appreciated the ceremony and now they will definitely cherish it. His funeral is set for January 14th and I will be there.
Peter Buckley, son of a Canadian veteran, Horsham, England
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