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6421   Private Geoffrey William Campbell
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Dated added: 01/01/2016   Last updated: 21/05/2020
Personal Details
Regiment/Service: 4th Battalion, Black Watch (British Army)
Died: 12/01/1917 (Killed in Action)
Age: 18
Geoffrey William Campbell was the son of William and Edith Rosetta Campbell. Despite military records to the contrary, Geoffrey was born between October and December 1898 in Shillelagh, County Wicklow. William and Edith Campbell were school teachers at Ampertaine National School, Upperlands, Co. Derry. The school was located beside the main road to Kilrea. Geoff Campbell joined the Black Watch. He was reputed to have said ‘We wanted to see what it felt like in a kilt’. Private Geoffrey William Campbell was serving with the 4th/5th Battalion of the Black Watch (Royal Highlanders) when he was killed in action by a shell in a communications trench at Beaumont Hamel on Friday 12th January 1917. Geoff was killed a month after he had arrived at the front. He was 18 years old.
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Cemetery Details
Cemetery: Vlamertinghe Military Cemetery
  Ypres (Ieper), West-Vlaanderen, 2
Grave Ref: Grave V-E-8
CWGC Casualty 137951
Vlamertinghe Military Cemetery is located 5 Kms west of Ieper town centre, on the Hospitaalstraat, which is a road leading from the Poperingseweg (connecting Ieper to Poperinge). From Ieper town centre the Poperingseweg (N308), is reached via Elverdingsestraat then straight over two small roundabouts in the J. Capronstraat. The Poperingseweg is a continuation of J. Capronstraat and begins after a prominent railway level crossing. On reaching the village of Vlamertinge ( Vlamertinge is the modern spelling of Vlamertinghe) the cemetery is located on the Hospitaalstraat, which is the second right turning after the village church. The cemetery lies 50 metres along the Hospitaalstraat on the right hand side of the road.
Local Memorial Details

No Memorial Name Townland
1 William Clark & Sons - WW1 Upperlands
Local Insitute / Local Book Details

No Name Page
1 WJ Clark and Sons, Upperlands - WW1
References and Links
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1 1901 Census lists Campbell family 1901 census lists Geoffrey William as age 2 living with family at house 52 in Upperlands, Swatragh, Londonderry
2 1911 Census lists Campbell family 1911 census lists Geoffrey William as age 12 living with family at house 12 in Upperlands, Swatragh, Londonderry
3 1918 Upperlands Street Directory Campbell, W., school master, Ampertaine N.S.
4 Campbell family of Upperlands Details of Private Geoffrey William Campbell and the Campbell family
5 Canadian Great War Project Geoffrey's brother served with the Canadian Field Artillery
6 Photo of Private Geoffrey William Campbell's grave
7 National Archives UK Medal card can be purchased here
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