At last I was released from Hospital in 1949 .On my Army pay book it said ‘indefinite leave pending the fitting of an artificial leg’ No longer meets medical requirements ‘.
I had been in hospital for 15 months altogether . In Italy .in Austria, in Germany ,in Holland and in England ,ending up in Cowglen Military Hospital in Glasgow .
While here , the doctor took me aside to have a talk with me . He was so serious about everything .He told me that because of the nature of my injuries I.E. my pelvis had been shattered and my groin had been crushed and although they had been mended ,it was highly possible that I might never be able to produce children .I wasn’t impotent ,but my injuries had been internal as well ,so it might well be that children were out of the question . At 19 years of age , I wasn’t too concerned .
But ,it was a great chat- up line with the girls .’Don’t worry ,I would tell them . I cant make you pregnant . ‘ You would be amazed just how many girls were willing to prove the Doctors wrong ,if you know what I mean..
There were 4 in particular I remember :-
Cathy , who was in the W.A.A..F's. and the only way out for her was to become pregnant . We had been going around for a while before I went into the Army ,but up until then had never gone ‘all the way ‘. I really thought we were in love ,but when she couldn’t get pregnant by me ,she found another guy to get pregnant by ..
Then there was Tilly ,I had also been going out with her before the Army and we had been intimate many times . When I met Cathy I actually dropped Tilly ,I was such a rotter was’nt I ?
Anyway while I was gone ,Tilly gave birth to a little boy ,whom she named Thomas Mc Sorley C . I wont mention the last name ,as it would be an embarrassment .I asked her why she called the child by my name ,she told me that she always knew we would get back together .I stayed with Tilly for a little while ,and really tried to love the little boy , But NO ! I couldn’t . Tilly still asks about me to this day all of 54 years later .Good job she doesn’t know I am now a widower .
There was Rita whom I had met in Inverness while I was training . We had been doing it for some time before I was sent overseas .and luckily enough she never got pregnant .She came down to Glasgow when she heard about my accident and though I told her I couldn’t get her pregnant ,she still wanted to try ,So who was I to complain ? But it wasn’t to be. Eventually I found out she was simply looking for a man and a house and a meal ticket .
The last time I saw her ,she was a street walker in Glasgow and I reckoned I had a lucky escape .
There was Lily ,but she was everybody’s and anybody’s so one was never stuck . There was never love there .
, just satisfying lust for each other ,all the more so when I told her I could'nt get her pregnant .
Thinking back . I know just how much of a rogue I really was and just how lucky too . My chat up could have back fired any time and left me in deep trouble .
But , when I met Jean my philandering stopped ,I had met the true love of my life . We actually were married on the understanding that we might never have any family .so we went ahead with this in mind .
After a few years and no pregnancies , I was actually beginning to believe the doctors might be right . When 5 years into our marriage Jean suddenly discovered she was pregnant . AS much as I was delighted ,I was also stunned !! GOOD GOD! What if it had happened with any of the others ?
Of course Jean never knew about any others and I didn’t tell her . We were over the moon about the birth of a child we named James .Jean always had faith and she was proved right .
Our life went along very happily with our son .Then seven and a half years later Jean told me she was pregnant once more . I COULD HARDLY BELIEVE MY LUCK .
When we were blessed with a daughter whom we called Aileen .
Now I am blessed with 2 granddaughters ,1 from each of my children Lynsey aged 19 and Mary-Jane aged 11 .
I have been told confession is good for the soul ,so dont think bad of me guys and gals .
P.S. Big Tommy is really only 5 feet 2 inches tall