- Name: Thomas Hopper ALDERSON
- D.O.D: 28th June, 2016
- Award: George Cross
- Occupation at time of action: Air Raid Precautions
Born: 15 Sept 1903 Ashburne Stables, Sunderland, Co Durham. Family: s of Thomas Alderson, coachman and chauffeur and Sarah Annie (née Hopper). Educated: Elwick Road Boys’ Sch, West Hartlepool. Married: 23 Dec 1932 West Hartlepool, Co Durham to Irene Doris (née Johnson); one dau. Career: left school aged 15; office boy, Seaton Carew Ironworks; progressed to draughtsman and completed five yr engr apprenticeship; 1925 asst marine engr; Asst Engr SS Truro City, S America; 4th Engr SS Quebec City; Bd of Trade exam, 2nd Engr; Bd of Trade exam, 1st Engr; remained at sea until 1935; to Borough Engrs Dept, West Hartlepool; 1 Nov 1938 Works Supervisor, Bridlington Corp, Yorks; ARP (anti-gas) Sch, Easingwold, N Yorks; 15, 20 and 23 Aug 1940 GC Actions at Bridlington, Yorks; Instrs Cert; recruiting/trg rescue teams, Bridlington; outdoor engr, Borough Engr’s dept, West Hartlepool Council; Aug 1946 Asst Highways Surveyor, E Riding of Yorks Co Council; 1949 Easingwold Home Def Coll; 1949 joined Rescue Sect in re-estb CDC; eventually responsible for rescue training within the Co. Died: 28 Oct 1965 Northfield Hosp, Driffield, E Yorks. Cremated: 1 Nov 1965 Woodlands Crem, Scarborough, N Yorks. Commemoration: inscription in Book of Remembrance, Woodlands Crem; Alderson Court, Bridlington; Alderson Ward, Bridlington Hosp; RBL’s Poppy Break Centre, Bridlington, renamed Alderson House (plaque formerly at Marks & Spencer, Bridlington nr site of one of his actions, resited there) and opened as residential centre for armed forces short-term recuperation. Other awards: Defence Medal 1939-45; Coronation Medal 1953. GC Investiture: 20 May 1941 by King George VI, Buckingham Palace. GC location: IWM London.