James Donnachie Campbell

Thank you to Bruce Kettles for providing the service file


Feb 17, 1898

Born in Deagles, Ayrshire, Scotland to James and Mary Campbell.


Jan 1, 1916

Attested into the 139th Battalion in Cobourg, Ontario 

Ø      Number 814135

Ø      Next of kin given as James Campbell, father, GTR (Grand Trunk Railway) Section House, Cobourg, Ontario

Ø      Previous occupation given as Section Man

Ø      No previous military experience given

Ø      Religion given as Salvation Army

Ø      Assigned to the headquarters staff as a bandsman


Sep 25, 1916

Embarked the SS Southland in Halifax, Nova Scotia


Oct 6, 1916

Disembarked in Liverpool, England and proceeded by train to the West Sandling Camp, near Hythe, Kent.  On arrival there, the battalion was absorbed into the 36th Battalion to continue training.


Jan 4, 1917

The 36th Battalion was absorbed into the newly formed 3rd Reserve Battalion when the army reorganized the reinforcement process.


Jan 31, 1917

Transferred to the 125th Battalion at Witley.


May 10, 1917

Transferred to the 156th Battalion at Witley, which was to be part of the new 5th Canadian Division.


Feb 28, 1918

The plans for the 5th Division were scrapped and the battalions were broken up to reinforce the existing 4 Divisions.  Private Campbell was transferred to the 21st Battalion.


Mar 1, 1918

Arrived at the No. 2 CIBD (Canadian Infantry Base Depot) in Etaples, France as part of a draft of 313 reinforcements for the front.  TOS (Taken On Strength) the 21st Battalion.


Mar 3, 1918

Left the CIBD and joined the CC Rein C (Canadian Corps Reinforcement Camp) in Calonne Ricouart.


Mar 15, 1918

Joined the 21st Battalion in billets in Gouy-Servins as part of a draft of 105 reinforcements, almost all of whom were from the 156th Battalion.


Aug 27, 1918

While the battalion was advancing on the Sensee River on the Drocourt-Queant Line, Private Campbell was killed in action.

Windmill British Cemetery
Monchy Le Preux, France

Following the war the British War Medal, Victory Medal and Memorial Cross were sent to his mother, Mrs. James Campbell, Willow Grove Farms, Canton, Ontario.

The Plaque (Dead Man’s Penny) and Scroll were sent to his father, James Campbell, at the same address.


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