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THOMAS BROWN MEMORIAL

Some years ago the Magistrates Court, Police Station,  and administrative departments of the former Tynemouth County Borough council were converted to The Saville Exchange theatre,  restaurant and offices.


One of the rooms is dedicated to Thomas Brown whose story I have copied opposite; from a brass plaque in the courtyard of the building.

 

  Thomas Brown Window  

Thomas Brown G.M.
North Shields War Hero

On October 30th 1942, Thomas Brown, a 16 year old NAAFI Canteen Assistant serving on HMS Petard, risked his life to help capture the Enigma codes from the sinking German U-boat U559. His incredible bravery shortened World War II by at least 12 months, thus saving countless lives.

The other two men who swam to the U-boat, drowned when it sank. Thomas survived, but died aged 19 in a fire at his home in North Shields. He was buried with military honours and posthumously awarded the George Medal