Campbell, Alexander (No. 6796)

Campbell, Alexander

Rifleman

No. 6796, 1st Battalion, Royal Irish Rifles

Killed in action on Sunday, 9 May 1915 (aged 26)

No known grave

Commemorated:

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Ploegsteert Memorial, Belgium (Panel 9)

Bangor and District War Memorial

Royal British Legion (Bangor Branch) Memorial Plaque

Comrades of the Great War (Bangor Branch) Album in North Down Museum

Wesley Centenary Methodist Church Bangor

First Bangor Presbyterian Church.

BIOGRAPHY

Alexander Campbell was born on 4 April 1889 in Abbey Street, Bangor and he was a son of James and Elizabeth Jane (Lizzie) Campbell (nee Ledgerwood) who lived at 54 Abbey Street, Bangor.

James Campbell worked as a shoemaker and he and Lizzie had six children:

Sarah (born around 1884)

Jane (Jeannie, born 17 January 1886 in Abbey Street, Bangor)

James (born 18 January 1888 in Abbey Street, Bangor)

Alexander (born 4 April 1889 in Abbey Street, Bangor)

William (born 16 May 1891 in Abbey Street, Bangor)

Eliza Jane (born 30 April 1893 in Abbey Street, Bangor; died of infantile diarrhoea 16 October 1893 in Main Street, Bangor)

Their mother Lizzie died as a result of accouchement (childbirth) at home in Abbey Street on 5 May 1893 (aged 33).

Their father James married Mary Ann around 1899.

Prior to the outbreak of the Great War Alexander Campbell worked as a gardener.  He enlisted in Newtownards, served with the 1st Battalion Royal Irish Rifles and was reported as missing in action after the engagement at Rouge Bancs on 9 May 1915.  Subsequently it was confirmed that he must be presumed to have been killed in action.

Rifleman Alexander Campbell (No. 6796) was 26 when he died, and he has no known grave.

Rifleman Alexander Campbell (No. 6796) is commemorated on the Ploegsteert Memorial in Belgium; on Bangor and District War Memorial; on the Royal British Legion (Bangor Branch) Memorial Plaque; in the Comrades of the Great War (Bangor Branch) Album in North Down Museum; in Wesley Centenary Methodist Church Bangor and in First Bangor Presbyterian Church.