Tom died in South Africa on 16 May 2001 aged 83.
After leaving Hurst, where he was a house prefect in Shield, he studied at the Hertfordshire Agricultural Institute. In 1936 he took a short service commission in the RAF, and then in 1942 he commanded an Argentine British Fighter Squadron.
In 1943 he was seconded to the Turkish Air Force in the rank of Wing Commander. After the war he worked for Lever Brothers in the animal feed business, and then was a farm manager for thirty years. In 1995 he moved to South Africa.
He is survived by a daughter Wendy.