Sam Campbell (footballer)
|Full name||Samuel Cleland Campbell|
|Date of birth||12 March 1891|
|Place of birth||Ballarat, Victoria|
|Date of death||21 October 1918(aged 27)|
|Place of death||Freetown, Sierra Leone|
Spensley Street Methodists
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 1910.
|Sources: AFL Tables, AustralianFootball.com|
Samuel Cleland "Sam" Campbell (12 March 1891 – 21 October 1918) was an Australian rules footballer who played with Collingwood in the Victorian Football League (VFL). He died of illness (influenza), in Sierra Leone, while on active service in World War I.
Aged 19, recruited from Spensley Street Methodists, he played his only senior VFL match for Collingwood, against Carlton, at Princes Park, on 30 April 1910 (round one). Carlton won by 28 points, 9.9 (63) to 5.5 (35).
Enlisting with the First AIF on 14 May 1918, giving his occupation as clerk, and his status as single, he was engaged as part of the 12th General (Victorian) Reinforcements. He died, on active service, in transit to the United Kingdom.
Private Samuel Cleland Campbell died of influenza on 21 October1918 in a military hospital, having been put ashore from SS Barambah in Freetown, Sierra Leone, en route to the United Kingdom.
He was admitted to the ship's hospital on 14 October 1918, seriously ill with influenza. He was put ashore on 20 October 1918, and admitted to the military hospital at Tower Hill in a critical condition, suffering from influenza and pneumonia. He died the next day (seven days after his presentation for treatment). Eleven of the men that had left Cape Town, South Africa on the SS Barambah on 6 October, with Campbell, had already died by the time the transport ship reached Freetown (on 20 October), from the influenza epidemic that had broken out on board after embarkation.
He is buried at the Freetown (King Tom) Military Cemetery, in Sierra Leone. His name is located at panel 185 in the Commemorative Area at the Australian War Memorial.
His cousin, Sapper George McLarty (5386), who also served in the First AIF, died of pneumonia at Chester Military Hospital, in England, on 4 November 1918.
- He was named Samuel Cleland Campbell in memory of an elder brother of the same name who had died, aged three, in 1889.
- Old Boy, "Club Notes", The Argus, (Friday, 29 April 1910), p.9.
- Carlton's Strong Side: To Good for Collingwood, The Argus, (Monday, 2 May 1910), p.5; Carlton (9.9) Beat Collingwood (5.5), The Age, (Monday, 2 May 1910), p.11.
- Service Record, p.56.
- Roll of Honour – George McLarty (5386).
- Sam Campbell's statistics from AFL Tables
- World War I Nominal Roll: Samuel Cleland Campbell (61590)
- World War I Embarkation Roll: Samuel Cleland Campbell (61590)
- Died on Service: Campbell, The Argus, (Saturday 9 November 1918), p.11.
- Victorian Casualties: List No.447 Issued: Died Other Causes (Campbell, S. C.), The Argus, (Thursday, 28 November 1918), p.9.
- Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour – Samuel Cleland Campbell (61590)
- Australian War Memorial "Circular": Samuel Cleland Campbell (61590)
- World War I Service Record: Samuel Cleland Campbell (61590)
- Commonwealth War Graves Commission Casualty Details: Campbell, Samuel Cleland
- The AIF Project: Samuel Cleland Campbell (61590)