Tom was born at Fellview, Crawcrook on 19 October 1919. His father was a butcher and his mother worked in the haulage business. In 1939 Tom joined the army and served for six years. Afterwards, Tom re-started the haulage business, and they began to buy ex-army vehicles which were good for the work at the Neptune Yard. Tom worked as a haulage contractor excavating the Wallsend Dock.
Tom talks about his experiences of excavating the Dock and working as a haulage contractor on Tyneside.
Tom was interviewed by Laura Brown on 21 February 2007. The interview took place at the participants home and lasted for 46 minutes.