Airlie Abinda Campbell (Miss)

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Second Subaltern Airlie Abinda Campbell
Life dates
20 Mar 1911 - 20 Jul 2004
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Biography

Beatrice Temple described her as “delightful”. She made a special note that on 15 Jan 1943 Airlie fell off he bicycle and broke her nose! This may have lead to the drawing of her snoring by her fellow ATS Sally Waterhouse-Brown.

At some time between May and November 1943 Airlie was transferred from Cheddon Fitzpaine in Somerset to Hollingbourne Zero Station in Kent where she met and married Clive Gascoyne in January 1944 at Sevenhampton Church. She left in May 1944 expecting her first child.

Clive was an Auxilier from Linstead Patrol in the Sittingbourne area of Kent. The story goes that at their first meeting she pulled a gun on him when he discovered the Zero Station and descended down to investigate.

Postings
Unit or location Role Posted from until
Hickleton Hall (Doncaster) Instation Operator May 1942 Sept 1942
Thornham Magna Instation Operator Sept 1942 Oct 1942
Cheddon Fitzpaine Instation Operator Nov 1942 Mid 1943
Hollingbourne Instation Operator Mid 1943 May 1944
National ID
WSJC 9/9
Regiment
The Auxiliary Territorial Service
Military number
234073
Commissioned or Enlisted
15 Apr 1942
Career

After enlisting she trained at Edinburgh Officer Training Corps
Postings recorded in Beatrice Temple's diary show she was at Hickleton Hall, Doncaster 8 May 1942 to at least 31 Aug 1942.
Thornham Magna, Suffolk 6 Oct 1942 (last time).
Cheddon Fitzpaine, Somerset 13 Nov 1942 to 12 May 1943.
Hollingbourne, Kent by 24 Nov 1943 until she leaves May 1944.

Address
Church House, Sevenhampton, Wiltshire
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By 1939 she had trained as a Voluntary Aid Detachment Nurse with British Red Cross. Her duties included tending to the survivors of the Dunkirk evacuation. Airlie and her widowed mother moved from London around 1937 to Sevenhampton. She was friendly with the Pleydell-Bouverie sisters at Coleshill House, one later becoming the Godmother of her son Jim. They may have met when being Presented at Court as debutantes. 

 

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Clive Gascoyne & Airlie Campbell (from Jim Gascoyne)
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Airlie Campbell 1942 (from Jim Gascoyne)
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Airlie Campbell at Golding - Cheddon Fitzpaine (from Jim Gascoyne)
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Airlie Campbell at Cheddon Fitzpaine 1943 (from Jim Gascoyne)
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Airlie Gascoyne back at Hollingbourne (from Jim Gascoyne)
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Airlie Campbell by Sally Waterhouse-Brown drawings (from IWM)
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Airlie Campbell by Sally Waterhouse-Brown drawings (from IWM)
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Airlie Campbell sleeping by Sally Waterhouse-Brown (from IWM)
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Airlie Campbell operating wireless (from IWM)
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Airlie Campbell operating wireless (from IWM)
References

Son - Jim Gascoyne

Beatrice Temple Diary,

London Gazette