Campbell, Henry

Campbell, Henry

Long Service and Good Conduct Medal


No. 1400314, Royal Garrison Artillery

Died of disease on Sunday 12 October 1924 (aged 42)

Grave not known


Newtownards and District War Memorial


The name Henry Campbell is listed on Newtownards and District War Memorial and in the booklet produced for the Unveiling and Dedication Ceremony held on Saturday 26 May 1934 he is described as a Sergeant in the Royal Garrison Artillery.  The organising committee of the day decided to include the names of ex-servicemen who died up to that date from what they considered to be war related causes, whether as a result of wounds or disease.

Henry Campbell was 42 when he died of malaria (4 days) and a cerebral embolism (24 hours) on Sunday 12 October 1924 in Newtownards Hospital.  A bachelor, late of 91 Mark Street, Newtownards, he was described on his death certificate as an Army Pensioner.

Henry Campbell stated that he was 18 years and 2 months old and had worked as a labourer when he enlisted in Belfast on 13 November 1899.  It was noted in his attestation papers that he was 5 feet 6¼ inches tall with a ruddy complexion, brown eyes and brown hair and he had a scar on the back of his right heel.

Henry Campbell served with the Royal Garrison Artillery (No. 1400314) and he was a Sergeant when he was discharged on 15 November 1920 at Dover on termination of his second period of engagement.  His home address was noted to be 91 Mark Street, Newtownards and his total period of service was 21 years and 3 days.

Henry Campbell served at Home from 1899 until 1906; in India from 1906 until 1916; in Mesopotamia from 1916 until 1917 and at Home from 1917 until 1920.

Sergeant Henry Campbell (No. 1400314) was awarded the Long Service and Good Conduct Medal.

Henry Campbell was born on 14 July 1882 in Ballymiscaw, Holywood and he was a son of James and Sarah Campbell (nee Morrison) who were married on 14 September 1868.

In 1901 the Campbell family lived in Mill Street, Newtownards and in 1911 at 91 Mark Street, Newtownards.

James Campbell worked as a labourer and he and Sarah had ten children:

William Gibson (born 4 December 1869 in Ballystockart, Newtownards)

Margaret (Maggie, born 28 February 1872 in Ballylisbredan)

John (born 18 October 1874 in Ballylisbredan)

Samuel (born 12 March 1877 in Ballylisbredan)

Alexander (born 5 April 1879 in Ballylisbredan)

Jane Emma Rugg (born 29 May 1881 in Dundonald)

Henry (born 14 July 1882 in Ballymiscaw, Holywood)

Unnamed male child (born 17 November 1884 in Ballymaglaff)

Charles (born 21 February 1886 in Greengraves, Newtownards)

Eliza (born 20 June 1888 in Greengraves, Newtownards)

Their father, James, died of acute pneumonia at Greengraves, Newtownards on 28 August 1892 (aged 45).  Their mother, Sarah, worked as an embroiderer.

Ex-Sergeant Henry Campbell is commemorated on Newtownards and District War Memorial.