Shillington, Thomas (Tom)
No. 7942895, 8th Royal Tank Regiment, Royal Armoured Corps
Died on active service on Tuesday 3 November 1942 (aged 29)
No known grave
Alamein Memorial, Egypt (Column 24)
Glencraig Parish Church of Ireland Church
Rockport School Craigavad
Trinity College Dublin
Thomas Shillington was born on 26 September 1913 in Greenoge, 6 Deramore Drive, Belfast and he was a son of Thomas Averell Shillington and Margaret Shillington (nee McDougall) whose marriage was registered in the second quarter of 1908 in Woolwich, London. Thomas Averell Shillington, who was born in County Armagh, was a linen manufacturer and merchant. Margaret McDougall was born in England.
The Shillington family lived at Greenoge, 6 Deramore Drive, Belfast, and later at Ardkeen, Craigavad, Co. Down.
Thomas Averell Shillington and Margaret Shillington (nee McDougall) had at least three children:
James Averell (born 14 August 1910 in Greenoge, 6 Deramore Drive, Belfast)
Thomas (Tom, born 26 September 1913 in Greenoge, 6 Deramore Drive, Belfast)
Edith Margaret (born 23 May 1915 in Greenoge, 6 Deramore Drive, Belfast)
Both Thomas and his brother, James Averell Shillington, were educated at Rockport School, Craigavad. After obtaining a degree from Trinity College, Dublin, Thomas Shillington dedicated his life to moral rearmament through the Oxford Group founded by Frank Buchman. His brother James was a solicitor’s apprentice when he (James) obtained his pilot’s licence on 14 August 1937 (his 27th birthday).
During the Second World War, Thomas Shillington served with the 8th Royal Tank Regiment, Royal Armoured Corps and he died on active service in the Western Desert on 3 November 1942.
Trooper Thomas Shillington’s effects amounted to some £697, and probate was granted to his brother James who was a Lieutenant in the Royal Irish Fusiliers.
Trooper Thomas Shillington (No. 7942895) is commemorated on the Alamein Memorial; in Glencraig Parish Church of Ireland Church; in Trinity College Dublin, and in Rockport School Craigavad.
His mother Margaret, who was born on 29 October 1874, died on 19 February 1951 (aged 76) and was buried in Bangor Cemetery, Newtownards Road, Bangor.
His father Thomas died on 14 September 1951 (aged 77).
Trooper Thomas Shillington was related to Flying Officer Anthony Alexander Talbot Bulloch who was killed in action on 24 April 1940.