Tuomas Gerdt

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Tuomas Gerdt

Kaiho Tuomas Albin Gerdt (28 May 1922 – 1 November 2020) was a Knight of the Mannerheim Cross.[1] Gerdt, serving as a junior runner officer in the infantry regiment 7, was awarded the Mannerheim Cross on 8 September 1942. At that time he held the rank of a Sergeant. After coming home from the war on 13 November 1944, Gerdt worked as a manager in Oy Wilh. Schauman Ab and as an office manager in Oy Kaukas Ab and Kymmene Oy.[2] He was born in Heinävesi, Finland.

Gerdt, serving as the chairman of the Mannerheim Cross Knight Foundation, is the last living Knight of the Mannerheim Cross.[3]

Gerdt died on 1 November 2020 in Helsinki at the age of 98.[4]

References[change | change source]

  1. Hurmerinta, Viitanen 2004, p. 73.
  2. Hurmerinta 2008, p. 62.
  3. Heikki Nykänen on kuollut - Vain yksi Mannerheim-ristin ritari jäljellä[permanent dead link] Aamulehti 7 December 2011. Accessed on 15 December 2011.
  4. Viimeinen Mannerheim-ristin ritari Tuomas Gerdt on kuollut (in Finnish)

Other websites[change | change source]

  • Hurmerinta, Ilmari; Viitanen, Jukka: Suomen puolesta, Mannerheim-ristin ritarit 1941-1945. Jyväskylä: Gummerus, 2004.
  • Hurmerinta, Ilmari (ed.): Mannerheim-ristin ritarit: Ritarimatrikkeli. Mannerheim Cross Knight Foundation, 2008.