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Allan Fairbairn CAMPBELL

Regimental number1327
Place of birthRipple Vale, Birregurra, Victoria
SchoolGeelong College, Victoria
AddressBarbreck, Birregarra, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation19
Height5' 11"
Weight138 lbs
Next of kinFather, A.G. Campbell, Barbreck, Birregurra, Victoria
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date2 April 1915
Place of enlistmentBirregurra, Victoria
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name24th Battalion, Headquarters
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/41/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A14 Euripides on 10 May 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll24th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 3 August 1916
Place of death or woundingPozieres, Somme Sector, France
Age at death20.3
Age at death from cemetery records20
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
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Commemorated in Warncoort Cemetery, Victoria. Parents: Archibald George (d. 29 September 1946, aged 84; bu. Warncoort) and Jessie Mabel (d. 23 May 1952, aged 84; bu. Warncoort) CAMPBELL, Barbreck, Birregurra, Victoria
Family/military connectionsBrother: 1326 Pte Ronald Keith CAMPBELL, 24th Bn, returned to Australia, 3 September 1915.
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Embarked Alexandria to join the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force (Gallipoli Campaign), 30 August 1915.

Admitted to No 6 Field Ambulance, Anzac, 26 September 1915 and transferred to No 1 Australian Casualty Clearing Station the same day (influenza and diarrhoea); to Hospital Ship 'Gloucester Castle', no date stated; to St Andrews' Hospital, Malta, 1 October 1915; to Hospital Ship 'Carisbrook Castle', 16 October 1915; to No 3 London General Hospital, Wandsworth, 23 October 1915.

Marched into Overseas Base, Ghezireh, 14 February 1916.

Proceeded to unit, 6 March 1916; rejoined 24th Bn, Moascar, 8 March 1916.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 20 March 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 26 March 1916.

Killed in action, 3 August 1916.

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

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