Regiment:               Tank Corps
                               Formerly Royal Field Artillery, Machine Gun

Rank & Number:      Sergeant, 200288 (TC); 1908 (RFA)  

11 March 1896; Fairlie  

                        22 March 1918; Somme, France  

                      Brother of Archibald, Duncan, Hugh, James
                                and John Campbell

DONALD CAMPBELL was born 11 Mar 1896 in Fairlie, to parents John, a railway watchman, and Sarah McLachlan (who married in Appin on 26 Oct 1881).  He was reported missing at the Somme on 22 Mar 1918, and was subsequently presumed killed in action on that date.  He is commemorated on Pozieres Memorial, Somme, France and Fairlie War Memorial.  

In the 1901 Census, Donald, aged 4, is living Railway Buildings, Fairlie with parents John (43, b. Ardnamurchan railway signalman) and Sarah (40, b. Appin), and siblings Edward (18, ticket collector), John (15, railway clerk), Archibald (13), Duncan (11), Hugh (9), Sarah (6), James F (3) and Christina (1)  

In the 1911 Census, he is aged 15 and a grocer’s messenger, living Railway Buildings, Fairlie with parents John (53, railway signalman) and Sarah (49, m 29 years, 11 children, 10 living) and siblings John (25, railway clerk), Duncan (20, barman), James F (12), Andrew W (9) and Charles (6)    


His medal index card shows he received the British War and Victory medals.

Extracts from the Largs & Millport Weekly News:-  

13 May 1916  

A splendid record for enlistment, and certainly the record for Fairlie, is provided by the family of Mr. John Campbell, Railway Buildings.  Three sons are serving with the British Army, one with the Canadian forces, while a son-in-law is serving with the Italian army.  In addition, two sons have enlisted under the Derby Scheme and are waiting to be called up, while a seventh son has been rejected three times.  

13 April 1918
The Toll Of War:  Donald Campbell, Tank Corps, son of Mr. John Campbell, Railway Buildings, Fairlie, is reported missing since the beginning of the recent push.  We sincerely hope that news may be forthcoming soon of his safety.

24 May 1919
In Memoriam:  Campbell - In loving memory of our dear son, Sergt. Donald Campbell, 2nd Batt., Tank Corps, B.E.F., France, missing since 22nd March 1918, now presumed killed on or since that date.
            On the field of battle he nobly fell, Fighting for those he loved so well;    We can’t forget his boyhood days, His loving smile, his kindly ways.
- inserted by his sorrowing father, mother and family, Railway Buildings, Fairlie  

27 March 1920
In Memoriam:  Campbell - In affectionate and loving memory of our dear son, Sgt. Donald Campbell, Tank Corps, reported missing 22nd March 1918, presumed killed.     
              Dearer to memory than words can tell, Are thoughts of him we loved so well.    He did his best and did it well, But what he suffered none can tell.                        
- inserted by sorrowing father, mother and family, Railway Buildings, Fairlie

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