Thomas John Fenton (1911 - 1975)

Thomas John Fenton
1911 - 1975
updated February 06, 2019
Thomas John Fenton was born in 1911 in Footscray, Australia. He was born to Henry Edwin Fenton and Florence May Veronica (Decis) Fenton. He died in 1975 in New South Wales at age 64.

Birth: 3520, Marr: (2)#24892, Death: #29051.
Divorced Catherine soon after WW2.
Thomas John served in the Army during WW2 with the 2/1 Battalion and was a POW in Europe.
He was awarded the Special 25th Anniversary Medallion in 1966 from the Govt of Crete.
Rank WO2, Serv #NX7848. NOK listed as M. Fenton, this was probably Catherine, as her middle initial was M.
Written by grandson:
Granddad was wounded and captured in Greece while serving with the 2/1st Battalion of the Australian Army in 1941. He spent the rest of World War II as a POW and, after his escape, as a fighter with the Greek resistance. He would go on to serve as an Australian diplomat in Athens during the 1950s and 1960s.

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Thomas John Fenton died in 1975 in New South Wales at 64 years old. He was born in 1911 in Footscray, Australia. He was born to Henry Edwin Fenton and Florence May Veronica (Decis) Fenton.
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In 1911, in the year that Thomas John Fenton was born, the first use of aircraft as an offensive weapon occurred in the Turkish-Italian War. First used for aerial reconnaissance alone, planes were then used in aerial combat to shoot down recon planes. In World War I, planes and zeppelins evolved for use in bombing.

In 1934, Thomas was 23 years old when on July 22nd, gangster John Dillinger was killed in Chicago. His gang had robbed banks and police stations, among other charges, and he was being hunted by J. Edgar Hoover, head of the FBI - although many in the public saw him as a "Robin Hood". A madam from a brothel in which he was hiding became an informer for the FBI and, after a shootout with FBI agents, Dillinger was shot and died.

In 1942, when he was 31 years old, on November 28th at 10:15p, a nightclub in Boston, the Cocoanut Grove, caught fire. The origins of the fire are unknown but it killed 492 people - the deadliest nightclub fire in U.S. history. Hundreds more were injured. The disaster was so shocking that it replaced World War II in the headlines and lead to reforms in safety standards and codes.

In 1963, he was 52 years old when the British Secretary of War, 46 year old John Profumo ,was forced to resign when he lied about an affair with 19 year old Christine Keeler. Keeler was also involved with the Soviet naval attaché and charges of espionage were feared. No proof of spying was ever found.

In 1975, in the year of Thomas John Fenton's passing, in January, Popular Mechanics featured the Altair 8800 on it's cover. The Altair home computer kit allowed consumers to build and program their own personal computers. Thousands were sold in the first month.

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