William Edward Campbell

Thank you to Bruce Kettles for providing the service file


Feb 19, 1892

Born to Daniel and Louisa (nee Lemomena or Lemonian?) Campbell in Little Rideau, Prescott County, Ontario.


Apr 8, 1916

Attested into the 154th Battalion in Hawkesbury, Ontario 

Ø      Number 634018

Ø      Next of kin given as Daniel Campbell, father, RR #2, Hawkesbury, Ontario

Ø      Previous occupation given as Labourer

Ø      No previous military experience given

Ø      Religion given as Roman Catholic 

He gave his birth date on attestation as being February 26, 1891 and there is no clear reason for this.  His birth registration clearly shows his real birth date as February 19, 1892 as does the 1911 Canadian Census.


Oct 25, 1916

Embarked the SS Mauretania in Halifax, Nova Scotia


Oct 31, 1916

Disembarked in Liverpool, England and proceeded to Bramshott for additional training.


Jan 28, 1917

Transferred to the 156th Battalion, Witley, then the same day was transferred to the 6th Reserve Battalion at Seaford.


Mar 13, 1917

Transferred to the 161st Battalion, Witley.  This transfer was quickly cancelled.


Apr 21, 1917

Transferred to the 21st Battalion.


Apr 22, 1917

Arrived at the CBD (Canadian Base Depot) in the Rouelles Camp, Havre, France as part of a draft of 3,000 reinforcements for the front, and TOS (Taken On Strength) the 21st Battalion.


Apr 24, 1917

Left the CBD to join his battalion.


May 21, 1917

He joined the 21st Battalion in the support trenches near Vimy Ridge as part of a draft of 149 reinforcements meant to bolster the ranks after the losses of April 9th

There is no explanation given for the delay in joining the battalion.  The CBD war diary indicates that 2,055 men left the camp on April 24th to join their battalions and it is possible that there was confusion as to how to find the intended destinations.


Jan 16, 1918

Granted 14 days leave.


Feb 2, 1918

Rejoined the battalion from leave.


Mar 4, 1918

During a large scale enemy raid on our lines near Lens, Private Campbell was slightly wounded and taken to a nearby field ambulance for treatment.


Mar 6, 1918

He rejoined the battalion from the field ambulance.


Apr 8, 1918

Awarded the Good Conduct Badge.


Oct 11, 1918

After first being reported as missing in action, it was soon discovered that he had been killed during the advance on the German Marcoing Line near Avesnes les Sec.

Niagara Cemetery
Iwuy France

Following the war the British War Medal, Victory Medal and Memorial Cross were sent to his mother, Mrs. Louisa Campbell, RR #2 Hawkesbury, Ontario.

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


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