DONALD CAMPBELLwas 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.
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)
DETAILS His medal
index card shows he received the British War and Victory medals.
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.
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