Tom spoke about how the “darkest period of my life,”was his marriage to first wife Billie, and that the mental health issues she faced would be better known today but in the 1950s this was not the case.
Despite barely knowing each other and Tom only getting back from fighting in the Second World War, the pair got married in 1949.
Billie Moore And Captain Tom
In his autobiography, the Captain said:
“We were happy enough, to begin with, but, looking back, I realize that the first few months of our marriage were as good as it ever got.
“Things in the bedroom weren’t right between us from the start. The marriage was unconsummated.
“Billie was very shy and restrained and I assumed that she’d relax in time but, to my disappointment, she never did.
“When I tried to talk to her, I discovered that sex wasn’t something her family discussed.”
He also agreed that the marriage was too “impulsive” and soon felt like he had fallen into a deep pit and was unable to get out. Tom reconnected with office manager Pamela, who was 15 years younger than him and single, once annulment proceedings were underway.
Both of them would go on dates, chat, and he even took her to the south of France on her first foreign holiday. Pamela never lived, passing away in 2006, to see her husband achieve national fame for his fundraising efforts.