DUNCAN CAMPBELLwas born 05 Jul 1890 at Railway Buildings, Fairlie, to
parents John, a railway watchman, and Sarah McLachlan (who
married in Appin on 26 Oct 1881).
the 1891 Census, Duncan, aged 9 months, 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 Archibald (3).
the 1901 Census, aged 11, 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), Archibald (13), Hugh (9), Sarah (6),
Donald (4), James F (3) and Christina (1)
In the 1911 Census, he is aged 20 and a barman, 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), Donald (15, grocer’s messenger), James F (12),
Andrew W (9) and Charles (6)
SERVICE DETAILS No medal index card has been
found, but his regiment is given as ‘A&SH’ on the Roll of Honour, and in the
local newspaper (Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders). The Largs & Millport Weekly News reported
him as home on leave from the Western Front on 7 Sep 1918. As he served overseas, he would have 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.