ARCHIBALD CAMPBELLwas born 24 Nov 1887 at Railway Buildings, Fairlie, to
parents John, a railway watchman, and Sarah McLachlan (who
married in Appin on 26 Oct 1881).
the 1891 Census, Archibald, aged 3, is living Railway Buildings, Fairlie with
parents John (35, b. Ardnamurchan, night watchman) and Sarah (29, b. Appin) and siblings Edward (7), John (5) and Duncan (9m).
the 1901 Census, aged 13, he is living Railway Buildings, Fairlie with parents
John (43, railway signalman)
and Sarah (40), and siblings Edward (18, ticket collector), John (15, railway clerk), Duncan (11), Hugh (9), Sarah (6),
Donald (4), James F (3) and Christina (1)
In the 1911 Census, aged 23 and a public house worker, he is a boarder at 30 Welbeck
Crescent, Dundonald, Troon (household of John Lime
DETAILS No medal index card has been found, but his regiment
is given as ‘S.R.’ on the Roll of Honour (possibly Scottish Rifles,
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.