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Thomas James Gorin

Servicenumber : 14242298
Rank : Private
Regiment : Gordon Highlanders
Unit : 5/7th Battalion
Date of Death : 04-10-1944
Age : 21
Grave : Plot 1. Row F. Grave 3. 
Thomas James Gorin was a son of Edward C. and Margaret Gorin, of Bermondsey, London. He was born on 27 July 1923. He had two brothers, one older born in 1913 and one younger born in 1932. He also had two sisters, 1919 and 1930. His father was a dock worker. 
After leaving school Gorin worked as a general labourer until he joined the Army. 
At the time of his enlistment in the Territorial Army he was living at 65 Millpond Estate, West Lane, SE16 Bermondsey, London. He joined the Territorial Army at Dulwich on 5 August 194. After basic training he was transferred to the Royal Artillery on 16 september 1942. He was posted to the Gloucester Regiment on 20 December 1943 and on 10 July 1944 he joined the 5/7th Battalion Gordon Highlanders. 
Gorin was killed in action in Boskant, Sint Oedenrode, and was given a field burial near some farms at the Hongerstraat. He was later reburied in the garden of the Roman Catholic priest, next to the church in Sint Oedenrode. He was reburied in the Uden War Cemetery on 6 June 1946.
The War Diary of the 5/7th Battalion mentions some 'harassing shoots' on 4 october 1944. Some artillery grenades came down near Battalion Headquarters in the evening, resulting in '1 other rank was killed and 1 wounded but remained at duty.'  
Picture: 09-10-2014
Sacred to the memory
Of our beloved son.
May he rest in peace
 
Sources: Website CWGC, 'Het Britse Oorlogskerkhof Uden', and M. Addy (nephew of Thomas James Gorin)

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