Author appealing for information about George Cross hero Thomas Alderson so he can record his exploits in a new book

An author is appealing to anyone in the Bridlington area who may have information or photographs regarding a Second World War hero.

Wednesday, 5th May 2021, 10:30 am
Author Richard M Jones is hoping to write a fitting tribute to the Bridlington hero and make sure people do not forget Thomas Alderson’s bravery in years to come.

Thomas Alderson was an air raid warden in Bridlington and the first person to be awarded the George Cross after its creation in 1940.

He was awarded the medal following his bravery in rescuing more than a dozen people when a number of buildings were hit by bombs.

Now author Richard M Jones is hoping to write a fitting tribute to the Bridlington hero and make sure people do not forget Mr Alderson’s bravery in years to come.

The plaque honouring Thomas Alderson was placed in Alderson House on Marine Drive along with some of the items that commemorated him.

Mr Jones said: “During the Second World War Thomas Alderson was awarded the first George Cross in history for his bravery in rescuing over a dozen people when several buildings were hit by bombs.

“He has no plaque at the site of the bombing, no book dedicated to him, and before long this Bridlington hero will be forgotten. I want to change this.

“There used to be a plaque inside Marks and Spencer.

“However this was taken down in 2007 and was placed at Alderson House on Marine Drive along with some of the items that commemorated him. His actual medal is in the Imperial War Museum.

The plaque honouring Thomas Alderson.

“I have contacted a lot of people regarding the plaque and information on Alderson and believe that Bridlington should not only celebrate this hero but they should also be educated on what he did.

“This is why I believe telling the story of his life and exploits is important for Brid history and for future generations.

“I am looking for anybody who can help me in my quest for information on Thomas Alderson, those who knew him/knew of him, those who have information and photographs and anyone who was involved/related to those involved in his heroic rescues.

“How amazing would it be to get the story from a survivor from the day the bombs fell on the town so many decades ago.”

Contact Mr Jones via Facebook (www.facebook.com/shipwreck.data) or email [email protected] if you can help him.