Pamela Campbell


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Pamela Hazel Campbell, née Kinahan

Born on 13th June, the same day as her nephew and Godson Mark and her granddaughter Polly, in 1923, Pam had a comfortable and happy childhood growing up with her parents Desmond and Hazel Kinahan, her elder sister Sonia and younger brother Tony.

After a spell at RADA Pam joined the WAAF at the outbreak of WW2 and served as a Plotter and later Cipher officer during the Battle of Britain and subsequently in the Middle East. Marriage to Sandy (Squadron Leader Alexander Middleton Campbell) followed in 1942. Sandy was then posted to the Middle East with Pam joining him later.

After the war Sandy and Pam moved around various RAF stations and had 4 children, James, Vivien, Rory and Rosie, before Sandy left the RAF, as a Wing Commander, in 1956 and bought into a boat building business in Salcombe. There then followed a period of stability and an idyllic home on Bolt Head, Ringrone, Salcombe, in the South Hams in Devon; in and out of boats and trips to the beach and cream teas with Pam rushing to and fro organising everything.

Emma was born in 1958. The family moved to the Maidenhead area in 1964 and stayed there happily until 1972 when tragedy hit in the form of Vivien’s death. In 1978 Pam and Sandy moved to Wales and had a beautiful cottage in rural Carmarthenshire. In 1981 Sandy died and Pam was left on her own at the relatively young age of 58.

After Salcombe, horses became a focal point, with Rosie and Emma actively involved in various equestrian activities and Pam busy organising Pony Club events. Pam did a lot of long distance riding on Rezasha, her Arab gelding and took part in the Red Dragon Ride. After Sandy died Pam left Wales and moved to Gallowstree Common near Henley and then to Evercreech in Somerset in 1997.

It was only in the last couple of years that Pam found walking about increasingly difficult; before that she would be off walking with her beloved Whippet, Maddie. As Pam became increasingly frail she was blessed with kindly neighbours and helpers who did such a lot to make her life bearable; she also received much – needed assistance with a stairlift and other aids from the Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund and from The Royal British Legion.

Finally, she was treated with dignity and much kindness in the Royal United Hospital in Bath where she died peacefully on the evening of Sunday 12th February 2012.

Added by: Mano Chandy on 17th May 2012.

 

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