Private Henry F Taplin

07 Jun 1944

Private Henry Taplin was living in Country Antrim when he enlisted in the Royal Irish Fusiliers, and later volunteered for airborne forces during World War II.

He qualified as a military parachutist on course 77, which ran at RAF Ringway from 9 to 18 August 1943, and served in the 7th (Light Infantry) Parachute Battalion. Taplin parachuted into France during the early hours of 6 June 1944, as part of the spearhead force for the Normandy landings, and was killed a few days later by sustained enemy shellfire on battalion positions at Le Hom. 

Pte Taplin died on 7 June 1944, aged 19 years, and is now buried in Ranville Cemetery, Normandy.

Photo courtesy of CWGC.

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Henry F Taplin

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