Claude is not remembered on a war memorial in Ipswich.
Born: 16th September 1905, Ipswich.
Died: 7th July 1945; age: 39; Died of Illness before repatriation.
Rank: Gunner; Service Number: 1066434.
Regiment: Royal Artillery, 36th Light Anti Aircraft Regiment.
Buried 8th July 1945.
Relatives Notified and Address: Son of James & Olivia May Thom, of Ipswich; husband of Bertha Frances Thom, of Ipswich.
1911 25, Wells Street, Ipswich.
Claude was 5 years old and living with his mother, step father, and step siblings.
James Thom, 31, a Wood Machinist – Chair Manufacturer, born Burnhaven, Aberdeenshire.
Olivia May Thom, (nee Richardson (1st marriage Taylor), 33, born Pakenham, Suffolk.
Harold James Thom, 3, born Ipswich.
Muriel Olivia Jean Thom, 11 months, born Ipswich.
Claude’s mother, Olivia May Thom died 1942, Ipswich.
In 1934, Ipswich, Claude married Bertha Frances Hubbard, born October, 1894, Hessett, Suffolk. They had 1 daughter.
The 36th Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment was raised in August 1939, so was still forming when the Second World War broke out. The headquarters of the regiment were based in Chertsey, Surrey. The 79th Battery had troops stationed at Slough and Walton-on-Thames. The 145th Battery had troops stationed at Luton, Hatfield and Radlett in Hertfordshire. In June 1942, now with the 97th, 128th and 266th Light Anti-Aircraft Batteries under command, the regiment sailed for India. On arrival, it was sent to Poona, but in November 1942, it came under command of XV Indian Corps. It was to serve with this formation for the rest of the war, serving in the Arakan Campaign.