Tributes to Sheffield war hero Bill Carline

Campaigner Bill Carline at the Frecheville War Memorial
Campaigner Bill Carline at the Frecheville War Memorial
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Tributes have paid to a Sheffield World War II hero who tirelessly raised funds in his old age for a war memorial in the community he loved.

Bill Carline, of Frecheville, died aged 94 after a battle with illness.

Bill Carline

Bill Carline

His daughter Clare today said she was ‘so proud’ to call him her dad.

Bill served in the RAF during the Second World War and campaigned for a permanent war memorial to commemorate men from the Frecheville area who gave their lives.

When he finally saw the memorial installed, Bill described it as a ‘dream come true’.

Bill, of Birley Moor Road, Frecheville, said he was ‘one of the lucky ones’ who came home, which spurred him to see the memorial built.

A picture of World War II veteran Bill Carline during his service in Cyprus

A picture of World War II veteran Bill Carline during his service in Cyprus

“He was a true hero, I’m so proud to say that he’s my dad,” daughter Clare, 61, said.

“He was an unbelievable dad to all of us.

“He really was the perfect role model. Everyone in Frecheville and further afield would ask about him about the work that he did on the memorial.

“I think he captured the imagination of people in the area. The memorial stands there because of his hard work and everyone in the family is so proud of him.”

Determined Bill, who served in the RAF from 1942 to 1946 as a corporal in the transport and supply operations, launched his crusade in January 2014.

He raised £5,000 in just a few months with the help of residents, relatives of the 19 men who died, plus local pubs and shops which staged fundraising events.

More than £7,000 was raised for the memorial with the leftover money going to military charities.

Bill’s war-time adventures took him through Egypt, Cyprus and what is now Yemen.

He later returned to Alexandria in Egypt alongside other veterans accompanied by his son Wayne.

“He used to tell us stories all the time about what he did in the war,” Clare added.

The World War Two veteran got his final wish to spend his final days with his beloved family.

“He fell ill in January and did go downhill. But his wish to spend his final days at home surrounded by his family instead of in hospital.

“He loved nothing more than spending time with his family. Loads of us would go up to his house to spend time with him.

“I’d like to thank the amazing doctors and nurses who cared for dad. They were amazing.”

Bill is survived by children Clare, Julie and Wayne, seven grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren.

His funeral will take place at City Road Crematorium at 2.30pm on Wednesday.