Alf Thompson - reflections.
It is always sad to know of the passing of a former friend and 'Tommy'
Thompson was all that to me. I first met him in 1961 when he attended
a Trig course at SMS, some very wild nights followed aided and abetted
by Alan McVeagh, Eric Davey and Mike Pooley. Tommy turned up again in
1963. When I enjoyed an occassional weekend off we went out for a
drink. He was the first mess member to invite me into the bar. I recall feeling very uneasy to be accorded such a privilege.
I was not to meet up with Tommy again until 1976. Living in Christchurch, Dorset, married and the father of three little ones we all went shopping in Boscombe. Tommy approached our family group.
"Mike"? he beamed with a smile. It was a wonderful moment. When ever he was in the area with his work he would come and stay with us. Those were precious moments. Alas they did not last and we lost touch. I have some wonderful memories of Tommy, especially the friendship he extended to me, my life all the more richer for knowing him........................Mike Chaplin
Myself, Mike Pooley, Alan McVeagh, Tommy - Sgts Mess Summer
Ball barmen, 1961
Eric Davey, Alan McVeagh, 'Tommy' Thompson - 1961 SMS
'Tommy', washroom sgts mess, SMS, 1963
Courtesy of Mike Chaplin