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Angus CAMPBELL

Regimental number1525
Place of birthHampden, England
ReligionPresbyterian
OccupationLabourer
AddressMerino, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation21
Height5' 8.5"
Weight158 lbs
Next of kinFather, Donald Campbell, Merino, Victoria
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date12 April 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll1 April 1915
Place of enlistmentMelbourne, Victoria
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name21st Battalion, 1st Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/38/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A35 Berrima on 28 June 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll21st Battalion
Other details from Roll of Honour CircularEnlisted 1 April 1915 - 21st Bn 1st Reinforcements; taken on strength 21st Bn 3 May 1915.
FateKilled in Action 1 August 1916
Place of death or woundingPozieres, Somme Sector, France
Age at death21
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsAustralian National Memorial, Villers-Bretonneux, France

Villers-Bretonneux is a village about 15 km east of Amiens. The Memorial stands on the high ground ('Hill 104') behind the Villers-Bretonneux Military Cemetery, Fouilloy, which is about 2 km north of Villers-Bretonneux on the east side of the road to Fouilloy.

The Australian National Memorial, Villers-Bretonneux is approached through the Military Cemetery, at the end of which is an open grass lawn which leads into a three-sided court. The two pavilions on the left and right are linked by the north and south walls to the back (east) wall, from which rises the focal point of the Memorial, a 105 foot tall tower, of fine ashlar. A staircase leads to an observation platform, 64 feet above the ground, from which further staircases lead to an observation room. This room contains a circular stone tablet with bronze pointers indicating the Somme villages whose names have become synonymous with battles of the Great War; other battle fields in France and Belgium in which Australians fought; and far beyond, Gallipoli and Canberra.

On the three walls, which are faced with Portland stone, are the names of 10,885 Australians who were killed in France and who have no known grave. The 'blocking course' above them bears the names of the Australian Battle Honours.

After the war an appeal in Australia raised £22,700, of which £12,500 came from Victorian school children, with the request that the majority of the funds be used to build a new school in Villers-Bretonneux. The boys' school opened in May 1927, and contains an inscription stating that the school was the gift of Victorian schoolchildren, twelve hundred of whose fathers are buried in the Villers-Bretonneux cemetery, with the names of many more recorded on the Memorial. Villers-Bretonneux is now twinned with Robinvale, Victoria, which has in its main square a memorial to the links between the two towns.

Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
93
Family/military connectionsBrothers: 1526 Pte Stuart CAMPBELL, 21st Bn, returned to Australia, 2 March 1919; 2827 Pte John CAMPBELL, 45th Bn, returned to Australia, 23 June 1919.
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Embarked Egypt to join the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force (Gallipoli Campaign), 29 August 1915.

Evacuated to hospital, Anzac, 16 September 1915; rejoined 21st Bn, 19 October 1915.

Admitted to No 6 Australian Field Ambulance, Anzac, 26 October 1915 (enteric fever); discharged to unit, 31 October 1915.

Disembarked Alexandria, ex-Mudros, 7 January 1916.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 19 March 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 26 March 1916.

Admitted to No 7 Australian Field Ambulance, 5 May 1916 (tonsillitis); discharged, 8 May 1916, and rejoined unit the same day.

Evacuated to hospital, 15 May 1916; rejoined unit, 28 May 1916.

Killed in action, 1 August 1916.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, CAMPBELL Angus

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