BEM Group to 10557918 A/WO Cl1 Thomas P Flattley RAOC
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Thomas Patrick Flattley was born on 1st January 1912 in Stockton on Tees. He was a clerk by trade and enlisted on 19th June 1941. At the time he was married and living at 24 Grayson Road, Spennymoor.
He was posted to 3 training Battalion to be trained as a clerk on 20th June 1941. He then went to Headquarters 1st Corps on 16th March 1943 being promoted to Substantive Sergeant on 12th September 1943.
Flattley served in North-East Europe from 10th June 1944 and was promoted to Warrant Officer Class One ( Sub Conductor) on 2nd June 1946.
Awarded the British Empire Medal, gazetted 21st June 1945;
‘ This acting Warrant officer has been Chief Clerk to ADOS Headquarters 1 Corps Troops Ordnance for the whole of the present campaign. Throughout he has shown an exemplary devotion to duty and a marked enthusiasm to assist, at all times, units under the command of the Corps. During the last three months, owing to the exigencies of the campaign, the supply of Ordnance stores from the Base has entailed the receipt of extremely large bulk allotments from Army for splitting down and issue to formations under command. This has necessitated the centralisation of all available Ordnance personnel, and such others as could be mobilised from Staff to help carry the tremendous load.
Due to the temporary re-organisation the number of men under the direct command of ADOS office, including civilian attached labour, has increased enormously, and the administration and language difficulties accordingly. This has naturally placed a very heavy load on this WO. Who has ever shown himself ready to shoulder responsibilities far in excess of those normally demanded of a man of his rank.
He has shown himself to be tactful in dealing with French and Belgian, and now Dutch personnel attached to this unit and by his personal example has achieved great success in ensuring amicable relations between attached personnel living in close quarters. The same quality has been particularly evident in relations with Allied Formations under command including at times Americans, Poles, Belgians and Dutch. His cheerful disposition throughout the present campaign has been an example to all ranks. He has never failed to get the best out of those under him, and personal burden and responsibility of his appointment have been carried out with reliability and steadfastness.’
Thomas passed away on 22nd March 1992 in Dryburn Hospital in Durham.
BEM correctly engraved = 10557918 A/WO Cl1 Thomas P Flattley RAOC