Frederick William Campbell
|Frederick William Campbell|
|Born||15 June 1867
Wellington County, Ontario
|Died||19 June 1915 (Age 48)
|Buried at||Boulogne Eastern Cemetery|
|Service/branch||Canadian Expeditionary Force|
|Years of service||1885 - 1915|
|Unit||1st Canadian Battalion (Ontario Regiment), CEF|
|Battles/wars||Second Boer War
First World War †
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.
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.
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.
He is buried at Boulogne Eastern Cemetery, (Plot II, Row A, Grave 24).
- Monuments to Courage (David Harvey, 1999)
- The Register of the Victoria Cross (This England, 1997)
- VCs of the First World War - The Western Front 1915 (Peter F. Batchelor & Christopher Matson, 1999)
- Campbell, Frederick William, Commonwealth War Graves Commission
- Find-A-Grave profile for Frederick William Campbell
- "No. 29272". The London Gazette (Supplement). 20 August 1915. p. 8374.