Frederick William Campbell

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Frederick William Campbell
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Born 15 June 1867
Wellington County, Ontario
Died 19 June 1915 (Age 48)
Givenchy, France
Buried at Boulogne Eastern Cemetery
Allegiance Canadian Red Ensign 1868-1921.svg Canada
Service/branch Canadian Expeditionary Force
Years of service 1885 - 1915
Rank Captain (posthumous)
Unit 1st Canadian Battalion (Ontario Regiment), CEF
Battles/wars Second Boer War
First World War 
Awards Victoria Cross (UK) ribbon.png Victoria Cross

Frederick William Campbell VC (15 June 1867 – 19 June 1915) was a Canadian Army Officer, and recipient of the Victoria Cross, the highest and most prestigious award for gallantry in the face of the enemy that can be awarded to British and Commonwealth forces.

Biography[edit]

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Campbell was born on 15 June 1867 to Ephraim B. and Esther A. Hunt Campbell of Mount Forest, Ontario. He was married, to Margaret Annie.[1]

As a lieutenant in the 1st (Western Ontario) Battalion, Canadian Expeditionary Force during the First World War, he was awarded the VC for actions performed on 15 June 1915 (his 48th birthday) at Givenchy, France. As he was retreating, his right thigh bone was shattered. The wound turned septic, and Campbell died in hospital in Boulogne four days later.[2]


For most conspicuous bravery on 15th June, 1915, during the action at Givenchy. Lt. Campbell took two machine-guns over the parapet, arrived at the German first line with one gun, and maintained his position there, under very heavy rifle, machine-gun and bomb fire, notwithstanding the fact that almost the whole of his detachment had then been killed or wounded. When our supply of bombs had become exhausted, this Officer advanced his gun still further to an exposed position, and, by firing about 1,000 rounds, succeeded in holding back the enemy's counter-attack. This very gallant Officer was subsequently wounded, and has since died.

London Gazette, No. 29272, 20 August 1915[1]

He is buried at Boulogne Eastern Cemetery, (Plot II, Row A, Grave 24).

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