Private William H Campling

10 Sep 1943

William H Campling the son of William and Thirza  Campling and husband of Nora Campling, of Filey, Yorkshire, enlisted in the Royal Army Medical Corps and volunteered for airborne forces.

Private Campling served with 127 Parachute Field Ambulance, Royal Army Medical Corps. He undertook parachute training on Course No 39 at RAF Ringway, which ran from 27 November to 6 December 1942.

He later took part in the amphibious landings in Italy in September 1943, on board a mine layer, HMS Abdiel. Unfortunately, HMS Abdiel struck a mine in Taranto Harbour causing significant casualties and loss of life, including Pte. Campling.

Pte. Campling died at sea on 10 September 1943.

His body was recovered and given a field burial. He was later exhumed and re-interred in Bari War Cemetery on 12 May 1944.

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