David Campbell

Thank you to Bruce Kettles for providing the service file


Dec 3, 1894

Born at Black Cape, Bon County, Quebec


Apr 20, 1915

Attested into the 55th Battalion at Campbellton New Brunswick 

Ø      Number 444239

Ø      Next of kin given as Alexander Campbell,father, of New Richmond Quebec

Ø      Previous occupation given as Labourer

Ø      No previous military experience given

Ø      Religion given as Presbyterian

Ø      Assigned to “C” Company 

The Battalion initially trained at Sussex New Brunswick before moving to the Camp at Valcartier Quebec


Oct 30, 1915

Embarked the RMS Corsican at Montreal Quebec


Nov 9, 1915

Disembarked at Devonport England and proceeded to the Bramshott Camp


Mar 16, 1916

Admitted to the Moore Barracks Military Hospital at Shorncliffe diagnosed with German Measles


Apr 1, 1916

Discharged to duty from hospital


Apr 23, 1916

Posted to the 21st Battalion


Apr 24, 1916

Arrived at the CBD (Canadian Base Depot) at the Rouelles Camp, Havre France as part of a draft of 853 reinforcements from England, and TOS (Taken On Strength) the 21st Battalion


May 15, 1916

Joined the 21st Battalion who had just moved into the B Camp, near Poperinghe Belgium


May 27, 1916

His pay was deducted 73 cents for a Quartermaster charge from his time with the 55th Battalion in England


Jun 17, 1916

Pte Campbell was wounded while the Battalion was in the front line trenches south of Ypres.  After receiving first aid, he was transferred to the No 10 CCS (Casualty Clearing Station), then transported via No 10 AT (Ambulance Train) and admitted to the No 25 General Hospital at Hardelot with a severe wound to his right shoulder


Jun 22, 1916

Invalided to England aboard the Hospital Ship St Denis

Posted to the CCAC (Canadian Casualty Assembly Centre) while in hospital


Jun 23, 1916

Admitted to the Kensington VAD Hospital at Seven Oaks


Jul 14, 1916

Transferred to the Military Convalescent Hospital at Epsom


Jul 28, 1916

Discharged from hospital and reported to the CCAC at Folkstone


Jul 29, 1916

Posted to the 39th Reserve Battalion at West Sandling for Physical Training and conditioning


Sep 10, 1916

Posted to the 21st Battalion


Sep 11, 1916

Arrived at the CBD at the Rouelles Camp, Havre France as part of a draft of 48 reinforcements from England and TOS the 21st Battalion


Oct 1, 1916

Left CBD to join the 2nd Entrenching Battalion


Oct 4, 1916

Joined the 2nd Entrenching Battalion at Albert


Oct 6, 1916

Rejoined the 21st Battalion at the Brickfields at Albert


Nov 19, 1916

Proceeded on the Bombing Course


Nov 26, 1916

Rejoined the Battalion from course


Apr 9, 1917

During the advance at Vimy Ridge, Pte Campbell was first


reported to be missing, then reported to have been killed.  His body was buried near the trenches, but was exhumed in 1919 and reburied in a permanent cemetery


Nine Elms Military Cemetery
Thelus France


Post war, the following were sent to his father, Alexander Campbell, at New Richmond Quebec


British War Medal

Victory Medal

Plaque (Dead Man’s Penny) and Scroll


The Memorial Cross was sent to his mother, Mrs Janet Campbell at New Richmond Quebec 

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