George Campbell

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Service no: 2391

Place of birth: Forbes, 1900 [1]

Address: Brown Street, Forbes

Occupation: Labourer

Next of kin: Alice Campbell (sister), Stokes Hotel, Orange, later M Peacock (sister), Wrightville

Date of enlistment: 8 April 1916

Place of enlistment: Forbes

Age at enlistment: 18

Fate: Embarked HMAT A68 Anchises, Sydney, 24 August 1916. Taken on strength 45th Battalion, France, 1 January 1917. Wounded 25 May 1917. Killed in action, Belgium, 30 September 1917.

Date of death: 30 September 1917

Newspapers report that Private George Campbell was barely 17 years old when he died in battle near Polygon Wood on 30 September 1917. George was raised by his grandmother as both parents were deceased; and she had given permission for him to enlist.

George embarked Sydney via HMAT A68 Anchises on 24 August 1916 and was taken on strength with the 45th Battalion on 1 January 1917 and sent to France. On 25 May 1917 he was accidently wounded when a mortar discharged in the trench where he was located. He was slain on 30 September 1917 when a piece of shell pierced his side near Retaliation Farm, left of Polygon Wood, Ypres, Belgium.

George Campbell is remembered on panel number 139 on the Roll of Honour at the Australian War Memorial in Canberra and on panel 27 of the Menin Gate Memorial at Ypres in Belgium.

Private Geo Campbell [2]

  • Sharon Jameson, November 2018
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