Cyril was awarded the Military Medal. He had suffered gunshot and shrapnel wounds to his left forearm and back. The shrapnel was from an enemy hand-grenade, and he would carry bits of it in his body for the rest of his life. He had lost the use of two fingers, suffered shooting pains up his elbow and had trouble gripping items. This was problematic for a skilled artisan who had been employed in silk printing: after the war he was employed at the lesser-skilled level of silk process worker.
Cyril’s daughter Susan recalls that it had always been her father’s dream to live on Westfield, and while he and his wife had only recently purchased a property in Lancaster, they saw it as fate when the property called ‘Burma’ became available. They never ended up living in the home they had earlier bought.
Cyril’s son Colin says that during his father’s time on Westfield the Military Medal got mixed up with the rubbish during “a clear-out” and ended up being dumped on a local tip. Fortunately, a man ‘scratting’ on the tip, who knew Cyril personally, found the medal, saw his friend’s name on the edging of it and duly returned it to its rightful owner.
The Campions lived on the village until 1986, when Cyril’s ill-health resulted in their decision to move into sheltered accommodation. Cyril passed away in 1987, and his wife more than a decade later.