Regiment:               Royal Army Service Corps, Mechanical
                               Transport Depot  

Rank & Number:
      Private, No. M/315198  

10 October 1892; Railway Buildings, Fairlie  

                       Not Known  

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

HUGH CAMPBELL was born 10 Oct 1892 at Railway Buildings, Fairlie, to parents John, a railway pointsman, and Sarah McLaughlan (who married in Appin on 26 Oct 1881).   

In the 1901 Census, Hugh, aged 9, 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), Sarah (6), Donald (4), James F (3) and Christina (1)  

In the 1911 Census, he is aged 20 and a waiter/servant at the Wemyss Bay Hotel    

Attested 15 Feb 1916 and mobilized 20 Apr 1917 (aged 25, Manager of Wemyss Bay Hotel, nok father John, Railway Buildings, Fairlie). Details of service:

Home (Grove Park Depot, London)  - 20/4/17 to 29/4/17
East Africa Expeditionary Force- 30/4/17 to 29/11/17
En route to South Africa - 30/11/17 to 21/12/17
South Africa  - 22/11/17 to 30/1/18
En route to England  - 31/1/18 to 3/3/18
Home (Norwood Depot, London)- 4/3/18 to 17/8/19
Hospital/Sick Leave- 18/3/18 to 11/6/18
Absent Without Leave- 17/8/18 to 12/8/19
Demobilized    - 23/10/19

He deserted from Norwood Depot on 17 Aug 1918, and surrendered himself on 12 Aug 1919.  Because he confessed his trial was dispensed with, although he forfeited 361 days pay.  His pension record includes a disability award for malaria/dysentery, and his medal index card shows he received the British War and Victory medals.  Note – address given while on leave and on demobilization is 13 Forsyth Street, Greenock.

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.

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