James Forsyth CAMPBELL

Regiment:                Royal Scots Fusiliers  

Rank & Number:
      Not Known  

13 May 1898; Railway Buildings, Fairlie  

                        1974; Kilmarnock  

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

JAMES FORSYTH CAMPBELL was born 13 May 1898 at Railway Buildings, Fairlie, to parents John, a railway pointsman, and Sarah McLachlan (who married in Appin on 26 Oct 1881).  He died, aged 76, in 1974 in Kilmarnock.   

In the 1901 Census, James, aged 3, 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), Donald (3) and Christina (1)  

In the 1911 Census, he is aged 12 and 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), Donald (15, grocer’s messenger), Andrew W (9) and Charles (6)   

No medal index card has been found, but he was listed in the Largs & Millport Weekly News Roll of Honour printed 21 Nov 1914 and the Ardrossan & Saltcoats Herald Roll of Honour printed Dec 1914 , naming local men who had enlisted (Campbell, Pte James, Railway Buildings, Fairlie, RSF Terr).

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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