Private John Campbell served with the 1 st battalion Scots Guards during the Boers War and in World War One. Between those two conflicts he served as a police constable with the city of Glasgow, Scotland. He is entitled to the Queen South Africa Medal clasps Belfast, Orange Free State, Belmont, the King South Africa Medal, the 1914-15 Star, the British War Medal, the Victory Medal and the 1903 Visit to Scotland Medal.
Private John Campbell medals John Campbell was born in Paisley, Renfrew, Scotland on March 9 th , 1875 , His father was James Campbell and his mother was Janet Hamilton.
1881 Scotland Census: He was living at 11 Castle Street in Paisley, Scotland. He had 4 sisters and 2 brothers 1891 Scotland Census: He was living at 105 Causeyside in Paisley, Scotland. He had 6 sisters and 3 brothers He enlisted in the 1 st battalion Scots Guards on December 28 th , 1893 .
He said that he had some previous military service with the Argyle and Sutherland Highlanders. He joined the regiment in London on January 3 rd . He was a laborer Height: 5 10 weight: 135 lbs.
eyes: hazel hair: dark brown On June 12 th , 1894 he completed his certificate of education 3 rd class July 1 st , 1895 : He was found sleeping at his post and was confined to his room. On August 6 th , he was convicted to 49 days of prison. He returned to duty on August 24 th .
Boers War October 16 th , 1899 : The 1 st Battalion Scots Guards was inspected by the Prince of Wales at Chelsea Barracks October 21 st : The battalion left Chelsea barracks and entrained at Nine Elm Station. They were part of the Guards Brigade with the 1 st Division. They embarked on the Nubia and arrived in Cape Town, South Africa on November 13 th .
November 21 st : At 4h00 the battalion started advancing toward Belmont (12 miles). Map showing Scots Guards position before the attack on Spur Hill Red rectangle shows the objective Red Arrow show the path the regiment followed for the attack November 23 rd : At 2 a.m. the battalion paraded and advanced to the rendezvous point at 3:15 a.m.
The battalion launched its attack on Spur Hill, near Belmont at around 4 a.m.. Near the top, confronting a fierce Boers opposition they fixed bayonet for last push. Private John Campbell was severely wounded at both arms and on his side in that charge.
During that particular attack the Scots Guard suffered many casualties 3 officers and 51 other ranks dead, 23 officers and 220 other ranks wounded. Drawing showing Scots Guards assault on Spur Hill He was sent back to United Kingdom and transferred to the 3 rd battalion on January 17 th , 1900 He was sent to South Africa and transferred to the 1 st battalion on May 23 rd . He received his first Good Conduct Pay on March 18 th 1901 He was back in United Kingdom on August 22 nd 1902 .
Shortly after his arrival, he was transferred to the 3 rd battalion (reserve) on September 9 th . He joined the Renfrewshire police on September 8 th and he was stationed in Port Glasgow. On January 5 th , 1903 he was caught drunk on duty and was absent from the station from 7:20 am until 3 pm the next day.
He was fined 2 days without pay. He was part of a detachment sent to the City of Glasgow for the Royal visit in Scotland around May 14 th . He would receive his King Edward VII Police (Scotland) Medal 1903 in March of 1904 .
The Royal Proclamation for the Royal visit in Scotland November 27 th : He was caught drunk on duty a second time and this time he struck Sergeant McLean. He was dismissed the next day. He reengaged with the Scots Guards on December 25 th , 1905 to complete 16 years term.
On December 31 st , 1907 he married Rosina McKellar in Glasgow. She was a servant and born in 1884. He was working with the Caledonian Railway Company as a railway brakeman He was discharge from the army on December 24 th , 1909 1911 Scotland Census: He was living with his wife at 116 Barclay Street in Paisley, Scotland.
They had no kid. World War One He re-enlisted in the Scots Guards on July 2 nd 1915 . At the time he was living at 17 Barclay Street in Paisley, Scotland.
Together with his wife Rosina, they had no children. He entered France on October 7 th and was transferred to the 2 nd battalion on October 26 th . January 1916 : The battalion spent the whole month near the villages Meville, they were shelled most of the day but this was very ineffective.
September 15 th : Both battalions were part of a major attack that was not a success. It lasted until the 17 th . They were sent to rest of the 18 th . (2 nd battalion 16 killed, 125 wounded and 28 missing) The battalion launched a second attack to gain the missed objective of Leboeuf and Gueudecourt of September 15 th , they suffered even more casualties 42 killed, 200 wounded and 88 missing January-February 1917 : No major fighting during that period but just a series of skirmishes and artillery bombardment.
March: The Germans retrieved their troops from the Hinderburgh Line and they provoked a series of small attacks from the British on their lines. Both Scots Guards regiment saw some fighting during that period. June: Second Battle of Ypres He was on leave to United Kingdom from July 9 th 1917 to the 19 th .
He was then absent without permission from July 21 st to the 23 rd . He was fined with 3 days forfeit pay. July 22 nd : Germans launched a gas attack that continued until the 26 th .
On the 25 th , Scots Guards launched their attack to raid the German lines.
28 wounded and 132 gassed July 31 st . Third Battle of Ypres. The 2 nd battalion launched its attack at around 6:30 am, 38 minutes after 0 hours and suffered less casualties.
He was wounded to the head by a gun shot. He was later admitted that day to the 47 th Casualty Clearing Station. He was transferred to the 57 th General hospital in Boulogne the next day and then to another hospital in Boulogne on August 9 th .
October 8 th : The 2 nd battalion relieved the 1 st and got into their position to lead next day s attack. They are going to be relieved on the 13 th . November 24 th : The battalion was sent to the lines for the Battle of Cambrai and take Bourlon Woods.
They suffered many casualties but much less than their previous engagement. November 30 th : The Germans counter-attacked and both battalions were thrown back in the battle in order to stop the Germans advance. They were taken out of the lines on December 11 th and had a quiet rest of December.
On February 9 th , 1918 , he was transferred to the 3 rd battalion (reserve) and sent to England. On March 6 th , 1919 , he was transferred back the 1 st battalion and was discharged in London on June 11 th . He died on January 27 th , 1932 .
He was struck by and engine of a railway train at Wallneuck Junction. He had a fracture skull, compound fractures and multiple injuries to the body. He was a foreman with a railway company If you know more information on this gentleman, please leave me message so I can add it to his small biography.
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Private and police constable John Campbell