A Wonderful Life

by admin on December 16, 2014

Lying on the battlefield, a bullet through his chest, Tom Carling seemed destined to die. Even the German soldier, prowling the scene shooting the badly-wounded, dismissed him as “kaput”.

He had survived D-Day, the ferocious fighting for Caen and the frozen forests of the Ardennes at the Battle of the Bulge, which began 70 years ago this week. He was shot three months later during the biggest, most successful airborne assault in history as thousands of Allied troops landed from planes and gliders to secure a bridgehead east of the Rhine.

Somehow he pulled through, despite all the odds. He lived to 100, carried the bullet in his chest all his days but got the most he could out of life, working as telephone engineer, championing the rights of people with learning difficulties and serving his local health board.

Find his story under Latest Obits at  www.wonderfullife.org.uk