Campbell, Charles F

Charles Frederick Campbell, Private S/11063, 1st Battalion, Gordon Highlanders
Killed in action 25th September 1915 at Hooge, Belgium, aged 22

 


EARLY LIFE

Charles Frederick Campbell was born on 28th April 1893 at St Catherine’s Villa, Friar Street, Perth, Scotland, the son of Harriet and Robert John Campbell, an Excise Officer.

In 1901, seven year old Charles was living at Rockville, Harrowden Road, Inverness, Scotland with his parents and siblings Edith (13), Mabel (12), Gertrude (11), Cathleen (10) and baby Edmund, aged 1.

Ten years later, in 1911, Charles was lodging at Henbury with farmer John Bailey and his family, employed as a farm student, while the rest of his family lived at 1 Beech Lane, Macclesfield.

Charles’ parents later lived at 399 Park Lane, Macclesfield.

 

WW1 SERVICE

Charles attested at Macclesfield, joining the 1st Battalion of the Gordon Highlanders, which was part of the 8th Brigade in the 3rd Division at the start of the war. After his initial period of training, Charles was drafted to France on 22 June 1915.

The war diary of the 1st Battalion, Gordon Highlanders can be read online here. On 25th September 1915 the battalion was in trenches at Hooge, near Ypres in Belgium:

Big attack on 25th by 3rd and 14th Divisions, with Royal Scots Fusiliers, and 1st, 4th Gordons with 2nd Royal Scots; 2nd South Lancashire Regt, and Royal Irish Rifles involved. This attack was repulsed by the enemy whose trenches and wire were not affected by the heavy bombardment, the wire could not be cut by our cutters, very heavy casualties suffered.

Charles was reported to be missing after this action on 25 September 1915, and it was later assumed that he was killed in action on or after this date.

 

COMMEMORATION

Private Charles Campbell has no known grave and is commemorated on panel ref. 38 of the Menin Gate memorial at Ypres, Belgium. The Commonwealth War Graves Commission holds casualty details for Private Charles Campbell, and he is listed on the Imperial War Museum’s Lives of the First World War website.

In Macclesfield, Private Charles Campbell is commemorated on the Park Green, Town Hall and St Michael’s Church war memorials. He is also remembered on a family grave in Macclesfield cemetery, plot C.1529:

…also their son Charles Frederick, died at Loos 25th September 1915, aged 22 years…

 

SOURCES

Scotland’s People: Births
Census for Scotland (Find My Past): 1901
Census (England & Wales): 1911
British Army Medal Index Cards (Ancestry)
Soldiers Died in the Great War (FindMyPast)
The Gordon Highlanders website
Family History Society of Cheshire (FHSC): Macclesfield Area Monumental Inscriptions

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