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Charles CAMPBELL

Regimental number3372
Place of birthToowong, Queensland
SchoolToowong State School, Queensland
ReligionPresbyterian
OccupationCarter
AddressHamilton, Queensland
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation22
Height5' 3"
Weight127 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs Charlotte Campbell, Wilson St, South Toowong, Queensland
Previous military serviceServed in Toowong Cadets.
Enlistment date27 November 1916
Place of enlistmentBrisbane, Queensland
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name49th Battalion, 9th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/66/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A33 Ayrshire on 24 January 1917
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll49th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 5 April 1918
Place of death or woundingDernancourt, France
Age at death23
Age at death from cemetery records23
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
147
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Francis and Charlotte CAMPBELL, Hany Road, Taringa, Queensland. Born at Toowong, Queensland
Other details

War service: Western Front

Embarked Sydney, 24 January 1917; disembarked Devonport, England, 12 April 1917; marched into 13th Training Bn, Codford, 13 April 1917.

Admitted to Group Hospital, Codford, 13 August 1917 (scabies); marched into 13th Training Bn, Codford, 10 September 1917.

Proceeded overseas to France, 14 October 1917; marched into 4th Australian Divisional Base Depot, Le Havre, 15 October 1917.

Proceeded to unit, 18 October 1917; taken on strength of 49th Bn, in the field, 23 October 1917.

Admitted to No 4 Australian Field Ambulance, 20 February 1918 (scabies); discharged, 25 February 1918; rejoined unit, 26 February 1918.

Killed in action, 5 April 1918.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, CAMPBELL Charles

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