Thomas William Frederick Hackford, B50820
Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario
Thomas was born in Thessalon, ON – a town known for timber. It is north of Lake Huron and has a populations of around 1500 people. The nearest city is Sault Ste. Marie, which was where he enlisted in the army. His parents were Thomas and Verna Florence, and they had six children. Thomas was a member of the Thessalon Boy Scouts in 1936. Thomas only attended primary school; he did not attend high school or university but instead got married to a young lady named Jessie Isabelle Wylie in March 1943. After the war, Thomas had planned on being a steel worker. Sadly, he was unable to achieve this goal.
Thomas enlisted in the army on 23 June 1940. He served for four years as a member of the 1st Hussars, Royal Canadian Armoured Corps, 6th Armoured Regiment. Thomas was a trooper and served along side many other men. For the D-Day landing at Juno Beach, the 1st Hussars regiment utilized Sherman Duplex Drive amphibious tanks. Only ten tanks successfully launched from the battleships and only seven made it to the beach, heavily weakening their attack. The strength of the waves made steering the tanks an incredible effort; one crew had to evacuate a swamped tank. The tanks were able to make it to the beach immediately began engaging the German pillboxes.
Thomas was very good friends with his crew but one of his best friends was fellow trooper Harry Osborne. The two men trained together for many years in England and became very close. Both were killed in the war and are now buried beside each other, best friends for eternity.
Thomas is buried in the Canadian War Cemetery at Beny-sur-Mer alongside his other tank mates. May Thomas William Frederick Hackford be remembered forever.
Written by: Connor Briggs, a student at Oakville Trafalgar High School in Oakville, Ontario, Canada.
Rédigé par: Connor Briggs, un élève de Oakville Trafalgar High School, Oakville, Ontario, Canada.
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