Lest We Forget

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Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
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Campbell, John Fife

Private, 43 Bn, Australian Imperial Force
Service Number
about 1885 at Peterhead.
John and Isabella Campbell
Date of death
31 July 1917 (Aged about 32)
Has no known grave
Other Memorials
Inverkeithing Memorial.
Ypres Memorial (Menin Gate).
Australian National Memorial, Canberra.
Scottish National War Memorial (Edinburgh Castle)

Other Information

The Commonwealth War Graves Commission lists 337 Private John Campbell in their records, however we are now satisfied that we have identified the correct individual.

Census 1901 at Forth Bridge Huts, North Queensferry has a John Campbell (16) born Peterhead, Roperunner, son of John (58) rigger, born Nairn, and Isabella (54) born Kinmundy, Aberdeenshire.

He emigrated to Australia and married Amy Dorothy Chalmers on 31 May 1911 at Wayville, South Australia. He became a Coal Lumper, but enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force on 4 February 1916.

The battalion were part of the 11th Australian Infantry Brigade serving in the 3rd Australian Division. They sailed from Adelaide in the transport Afric on the 9th June 1916 disembarking in Marseilles in France on the 20th July 1916

He and at least some of the unit seem to have been at Larkhill in England in September, when he went absent without leave for a morning, which earned a seven day confinement to barracks and the loss of a day’s pay. He was sent back to France on 25 November 1916.

The 43rd Battalion War diary records that the battalion moved out of camp at 8:00 p.m. on the 30th of July 1917, in preparation for the great infantry assault which was the start of the 3rd Battle of Ypres

They were transported by 32 Lorries close to the front at Souvenir Farm. In the assault, the battalion suffered 221 casualties, killed, missing or wounded, including John, whose body was never identified.


Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Australian National Archives. Service Record

Scottish War Memorials Project

Census 1901

Scottish National War Memorial (Edinburgh Castle)

Australian National Memorial, Canberra




Here dead we lie, Because we did not choose
To live and shame the land, From which we sprung.

Life, to be sure, Is nothing much to lose,
But young men think it is, And we were young.

[A.E. Housman]

When You Go Home,
Tell Them Of Us And Say,

For Your Tomorrow,
We gave our Today

[Kohima, attributed to John Maxwell Edmonds]

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