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Regimental number3717
Date of birth3 July 1892
Place of birthCootamundra, New South Wales
SchoolConvent Schools, Junee and Binalong, New South Wales
Other trainingRailway worker
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationPlate layer
Address2 Union Street, Tempe, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation23
Next of kinBrother, Walter Campbell, 2 Union Street, Tempe, New South Wales
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll24 August 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name3rd Battalion, 12th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/20/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A7 Medic on 30 December 1915
Rank from Nominal RollCorporal
Unit from Nominal Roll3 Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal

Conspicuous gallantry and example to others (Flers sector 4-5 November 1916).
Recommendation date: 23 November 1916

Distinguished Conduct Medal

Recommendation date: 15 October 1917

FateKilled in Action 9 August 1918
Place of death or woundingFrance
Age at death26
Place of burialVillers-Bretonneux Miltary Cemetery, (Plot XX, Row D, Grave 7) Fouilloy, France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: James and Elizabeth CAMPBELL.

Distinguished Conduct Medal

'At Broodseinde Ridge east of Ypres on 4 October 1917 Pte. Campbell showed conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. Whilst the attack was checked by a machine gun, he rushed a strong point, and, though bombed by the enemy, went on and shot several men, bombed the dugout, and captured two machine guns.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 110
Date: 25 July 1918

Military Medal

"For conspicuous gallantry in an attack on the enemy's trenches near FLERS on night 4/5th November 1916. Pte. Campbell was first bayonet man of a bombing party and throughout the assault showed great personal bravery and his example inspired the others. He was slightly wounded before entering the enemy's trench, but remained with his party and killed four of the enemy.' Awarded Military Medal 19 January 1917.
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 103

Family/military connectionsFather: 2117 Pte James Campbell, 3rd Bn, killed in action between 7-12 August 1915, at Gallipoli.
Other details

Embarked from Sydney 7 january 1916. After training at Alexandria he embarked to join the British Expeditionary Forces on 29 March 1916, and was taken on strength of the 3rd Battalion in France on 26 May 1916. Wounded in action (gun shot wound, back) and admitted to No. 26 General Hospital, Etaples, France, on 25 July 1916. Rejoined unit from wounded 26 August 1916. Wounded in action (gun shot wound, head) and embarked per H.S. 'Aberdonian' at Rouen for England. Admitted to Reading hospital 13 November 1916. Awarded Military Medal 5 December 1916.

29 February 1917 admitted to Parkhouse Hospital, transferred to 1st Australian Dermatological Hospital, Bulford , for treatment for VD. Discharged to duty 25 May 1917. Proceeded overseas to France 13 September 1917, rejoined unit 25 September 1917.

Appointed Lance Corporal 12 October 1917.

Awarded Distinguished Conduct Medal 20 November 1917.

Promoted to Corporal 6 June 1918. Killed in action, France.

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