Campbell, David (No. 18/1663)

Campbell, David


No. 18/1663, 12th Battalion, Royal Irish Rifles

Accidentally killed on Thursday 7 August 1919 (aged 20)


Cologne Southern Cemetery, Germany (Grave IV. C. 3)


Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Bangor and District War Memorial


David Campbell was born on 6 September 1898 and he was the eldest son of Benjamin and Margaret (Maggie) Campbell (nee Lightbody) who were married on 14 January 1898 in Newtownards Registry Office.  Benjamin Campbell from Cottown was a son of David Campbell, a labourer.  Maggie Lightbody from Cottown was a daughter of Samuel Lightbody, a labourer.

The Campbell family lived in the townland of Cottown, Donaghadee.

Benjamin Campbell worked as a railway labourer and he and Maggie had at least nine children:

David (born 6 September 1898 in Cottown)

Susanna (Annie, born 29 May 1900 in Cottown)

Henry (born 23 May 1902 in Cottown)

Jane Stone (born 10 February 1906 in Cottown)

Grace Bell Martin (born 11 December 1908 in Cottown)

Maggie McClelland (born 7.00 pm 6 December 1910 in Cottown)

Mary (born 7.15 pm 6 December 1910 in Cottown)

Benjamin (born 16 February 1913 in Cottown)

Archibald (born 8 May 1915 in Cottown)

Some of the older children were baptised in Shore Street Presbyterian Church Donaghadee and some of the younger ones in Ballygrainey Presbyterian Church.

Rifleman David Campbell enlisted in 1916 and he served with the 12th Battalion Royal Irish Rifles in 108th Brigade of the 36th (Ulster) Division.

After Rifleman David Campbell (No. 18/1663) died on 7 August 1919 his parents placed a For King and Country notice in the 23 August 1919 edition of the Newtownards Chronicle and they included the words died ‘as the result of an accident during the discharge of his military duties in Germany’ while part of the Army of occupation.  The notice included the verse:

No loved ones stood around him,

To bid a last farewell,

No words of comfort did he leave

To those he loved so well.

Somewhere in Germany he is sleeping,

One of the bravest and best,

And the stars in heaven are keeping

Watch o’er his lonely place of rest.

No more will the smile of his countenance brighten

The long dreary days of his friends left behind;

No one who knew him could ever forget him,

His ways were so loving, so faithful and kind.

Rifleman David Campbell (No 18/1663) was buried in Cologne Southern Cemetery, Germany and he is commemorated on Bangor and District War Memorial.