Terry and his brother Vic were evacuated together to Bedfordshire – his sister Joan later joining them – before they returned to
Terry left school aged 14 and became an apprentice carpenter. It was a trade he would stick with throughout his life.
When he reached 18, he was called up for National Service and, being a daredevil, decided he’d fit the parachute regiment. He served at
It was around this time that both Terry and Vic became active politically.
He played a pivotal role as an organiser in the St Pancras rent strikes of the 1950s. He and Vic had begun to attend tenants’ meetings after talking to colleagues in the building trade and neighbours. At one meeting Terry became friends with political activist Don Cook, who had also served in the Paras, during the war. Don barricaded himself into his home in
On the day of his release, he married his girlfriend, Marion, an ambulance driver.
Terry became involved with the Amalgamated Society of Woodworkers, later UCATT, with which he remained an active member for the next 55 years of his life. In the early 1960s, prompted partly by his brother, he joined the Communist Party.
Sport played a huge part of Terry’s life and when he retired, he and his wife decided to do fulfil a lifelong dream to see the world. But his health began to fail in his mid-60s and he died aged 74 in 2008.