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Bill Cunningham; Obituaries Soldier turned farmer.

HE WAS a boxer and soldier but William Cunningham's lifelong dream was to own a farm.

Born in Denby Dale in 1931, Bill was one of 12 children - five brothers and seven sisters.

At the age of 17 he joined The Kings Shropshire Light Infantry where he served for five years, developing a reputation as a fine light-heavyweight boxer.

Noted as a "very likeable and competent soldier" he returned home after sustaining an injury in the Korean War.

In 1955 he married Hilda Mary Beever and the couple had four children, Rosemary, Robert, Heather and Richard. Bill's career path saw him follow a number of professions, including commerce, construction and haulage. But he was a man of the earth and in 1982 he finally achieved his ambition of owning a farm, leaving Yorkshire for the valleys of South Wales.

Bill was just beginning to enjoy retirement when he became unwell. Following three years of ill health he passed away at hospital in Llanelli on January 31 with his family by his side. He was 81-years-old.

His funeral was held in Wales on February 14.

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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:Huddersfield Daily Examiner (Huddersfield, England)
Article Type:Obituary
Date:Apr 2, 2013
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