William Pitcairn Campbell

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Sir William Campbell
General Sir William Pitcairn Campbell
Born 20 June 1856
Died 22 September 1933 (aged 77)
Allegiance United Kingdom United Kingdom
Service/branch Flag of the British Army.svg British Army
Rank Lieutenant General
Commands held 3rd Brigade
5th Division
Southern Command
Western Command
Battles/wars Second Boer War
World War I
Awards Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath

Lieutenant General Sir William Pitcairn Campbell, KCB (20 June 1856 – 22 September 1933) was a British Army General during World War I.

Military career[edit]

William Campbell was commissioned into the King's Royal Rifle Corps in 1875.[1] He served in Sudan between 1884 and 1885.[1] His battalion served in South Africa between 1899 and 1901, during the Second Boer War, and he was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel in command of the battalion on 25 January 1900.[1][2]

He was then appointed Commander 3rd Brigade in 1904 and General Officer Commanding 5th Division in 1909.[1] He moved on to be General Officer Commanding-in-Chief of Southern Command from 1914 and General Officer Commanding-in-Chief of Western Command from 1916; he retired in 1918.[1]

In 1916, he was appointed Colonel of the Highland Light Infantry, succeeding General Sir Henry Hildyard.[3][4]


He married Edith Prothero and together they went on to have one daughter.[5]


Military offices
Preceded by
Herbert Plumer
General Officer Commanding the 5th Division
Succeeded by
Sir Charles Fergusson
Preceded by
Sir Horace Smith-Dorrien
GOC-in-C Southern Command
Succeeded by
Sir Henry Sclater
Preceded by
Sir Henry Mackinnon
GOC-in-C Western Command
Succeeded by
Sir Thomas Snow