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James William CAMPBELL

Regimental number3046
Place of birthBallarat, Victoria
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationPlantation manager
AddressO'Halloran Hill, Adelaide, South Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation39
Height5' 7"
Weight170 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs. Elizabeth Campbell, Glenthorn Remount Depot, O'Halloran Hill, Adelaide, South Australia
Previous military serviceServed for 9 months in the Australian Commonwealth Light Horse; 12 months in the Light Horse, South Africa; war time expired.
Enlistment date15 May 1916
Place of enlistmentAdelaide, South Australia
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name3rd Light Horse Regiment, 23rd Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number10/8/5
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on board HMAT A45 Bulla on 16 January 1917
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll32nd Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 5 April 1919

Military Medal

'During the operations from the 29th September/1st October 1918 by this Battalion in the BELLICOURT Sector Private CAMPBELL showed great initiative and gallantry. On the morning of the 29th September he assisted to re-organise the Americans, who appeared leaderless, and then led his section forward in the face of heavy Machine Gun fire. On the morning of the 1st October immediately after the capture of JONCOURT he mounted the Church Tower and observed and reported the movements of the enemy; under heavy shell and machine gun fire. During the whole three days he set a very fine example of courage and devotion to duty to all his comrades.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 109
Date: 15 September 1919

Discharge date3 July 1919
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Embarked Adelaide, 16 January 1917; disembarked Suez, 16 February 1917.

Taken on strength, 1st Light Horse Training Regiment, 2 March 1917, and reverted to the ranks.

Transferred to 3rd Light Horse Regiment, 12 March 1917.

Marched out to Rest Camp, Ghabi, 2 July 1917; rejoined unit, Shalith, 15 July 1917.

Admitted to Anzac Rest Camp, Marakeb, 27 July 1917 (debility); rejoined unit, 18 October 1917.

Marched out to proceed to United Kingdom, 31 October 1917.

Embarked Alexandria for Taranto, Italy, 1 November 1917.

Transferred to 32nd Bn Details, 20 December 1917.

Admitted to Clearing Hospital, 18 January 1918; transferred to New Zealand Hospital, Codford, 3 February 1918 (malaria); to Group Hospital, Codford, 22 February 1918; marched in to 15th Training Bn, Codford, 1 March 1918.

Admitted to Military Hospital, Fovant, 30 March 1918 (malaria); transferred to 1st Australian Auxiliary Hospital, Harefield, 6 May 1918 (bronchitis, malaria; discharged to No 3 Command Depot, Hurdcott, 15 May 1918.

Proceeded overseas to France, 8 August 1918; taken on strength, 32nd Bn, in the field, 28 August 1918.

Admitted to 8th Australian Field Ambulance, 24 October 1918 (scabies); discharged to duty, 26 October 1918.

Disembarked Folkestone, England, 16 December 1918; transferred to Administrative Headquarters, London, 13 December 1918; posted to War Chest Club, 17 December 1918.

Admitted to Endell Street Military Hospital, 30 January 1919 (influenza: 'seriously ill'); now convalescent, 17 February 1919; discharged to duty, 17 February 1919.

On leave, 26 February-3 March 1919.

Awarded Military Medal, 14 May 1919.

Commenced return to Australia from Liverpool on board HT 'Warwickshire', 5 April 1919; disembarked Adelaide, 24 May 1919; discharged, Adelaide, 3 July 1919.

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal

Death not attributed to war service.
Date of death21 August 1930
SourcesNAA: B2455, CAMPBELL James William

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