Sam Campbell (footballer)

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Sam Campbell
Personal information
Full name Samuel Cleland Campbell
Date of birth 12 March 1891
Place of birth Ballarat, Victoria
Date of death 21 October 1918(1918-10-21) (aged 27)
Place of death Freetown, Sierra Leone
Original team(s)

Spensley Street Methodists

Clifton Hill
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
1910 Collingwood 1 (0)
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 1910.
Sources: AFL Tables,

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.


One of the eight children of John Campbell (1836–1913) and Johanna McIntosh Campbell (née Matheson; 1848–1915), he was born in Ballarat, Victoria on 12 March 1891.[1]


Aged 19, recruited from Spensley Street Methodists,[2] 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).[3]


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.[4]

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.[5]

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