William Henry Campbell

Thank you to Bruce Kettles for providing the service file


Feb 15, 1895

Born in Milton, Ontario to Benjamin and Susie Campbell.


Jan 4, 1916

Attested into the 168th Battalion in Tillsonburg, Ontario 

Ø      Number 675004

Ø      Next of kin given as Benjamin Campbell, father, Courtland, Ontario

Ø      Previous occupation given as Labourer

Ø      No previous military experience given

Ø      Religion given as Methodist


Oct 30, 1916

Embarked the RMS Lapland in Halifax, Nova Scotia


Nov 11, 1916

Disembarked in Liverpool, England.


Dec 6, 1916

Transferred to the 39th Reserve Battalion in West Sandling for additional training.


Jan 4, 1917

Transferred to the newly formed 6th Reserve Battalion in West Sandling.


Feb 1, 1917

Transferred to the 21st Battalion.


Feb 2, 1917

Arrived at the CBD (Canadian Base Depot) in the Rouelles Camp, Havre, France as part of a draft of 20 reinforcements for the front, and TOS (Taken On Strength) the 21st Battalion.


Feb 21, 1917

Left the CBD to join the 2nd Entrenching Battalion.


Feb 24, 1917

Joined the 2nd Entrenching Battalion in Hersin as part of a draft of 68 reinforcements for the 21st Battalion.


Mar 3, 1917

Left the 2nd Entrenching Battalion to join his own battalion.


Mar 6, 1917

Joined the 21st Battalion in billets in Bois des Alleux as part of a draft of 20 reinforcements.


Dec 17, 1917

Granted 14 days leave to England.


Jan 2, 1918

Rejoined the battalion from leave.


Jan 4, 1918

Awarded the Good Conduct Badge.


Jan 5, 1918

Admitted to the No. 5 CFA (Canadian Field Ambulance) diagnosed with VDG (Venereal Disease Gonorrhea)


Jan 6, 1918

Transferred to the No. 10 CFA.


Jan 21, 1918

Transferred to the No. 3 CFA.


Feb 1, 1918

Discharged to duty from the CFA.


Aug 27, 1918

While attacking the German lines south-east of Vis-en-Artois, Private Campbell was killed in action.  His remains were never recovered from the battlefield and has no known grave.  As such, he is commemorated on the Canadian National Vimy Memorial, Vimy Ridge, France.

Following the war the British War Medal, Victory Medal and Memorial Cross were sent to his mother, Mrs. Susan Campbell, RR #1 Courtland, Ontario.

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


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