Regiment: Royal Scots Fusiliers
Rank & Number:Not
Born: 13 May 1898; Railway Buildings, Fairlie
Died: 1974; Kilmarnock
of Archibald, Donald, Duncan, Hugh and John Campbell
JAMES FORSYTH CAMPBELLwas 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.
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)
SERVICE DETAILS 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.