Local war hero to be honoured at British Military Tournament 2013

PB1442-0515TH'Tommy Brown.
PB1442-0515TH'Tommy Brown.

A war hero from North Shields is set to feature in this year’s British Military Tournament taking place in London this December.

NAAFI canteen assistant Tommy Brown, from North Shields, along with First Lieutenant Tony Fasson and Able Seaman Colin Grazier recovered the Enigma codebooks from a sinking German U-boat on October 30, 1942.

The British Military Tournament will pay tribute to the three Royal Navy sailors by staging a re-enactment of their heroic actions during the show.

Christopher Joll, The British Military Tournament’s writer and director said: “We are delighted to be honouring the three young men that showed outstanding bravery that day and whose actions helped Britain win the war against German forces.

“Our event’s theme this year is ‘Heroes and Legends’, so it seems only fitting that Tommy Brown, Tony Fasson and Colin Grazier be recognised.

“The re-enactment of the rescue of the German codebooks will be a poignant reminder of the selfless act they made that day, but also promises to be a thrilling section to the show.”

In 2002, an 8-foot high stain glass window was created by Maralyn O’Keefe, of the Art & Glass Exchange, in honour of Tommy’s efforts that day, and can be found in the Saville Exchange in North Shields.

The heroic actions of the three Royal Navy sailors to retrieve the codebooks led the Bletchley Park codebreakers to crack the German Enigma code. Tragically only Tommy survived the mission.

The British Military Tournament 2013 will celebrate the achievements of heroes and legends in British Military history.

Alongside Tommy, other heroes and legends that will feature in the show include Nelson at Trafalgar, Lawrence of Arabia and today’s heroic servicemen and women.

The British Military Tournament, taking place at Earls Court on December 7 and 8, is the biggest fundraiser of the year in support of the ABF The Soldiers’ Charity, The Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity and The Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund.

Tickets priced from £29.75 are available from www.britishmilitarytournament.com