Campbell, Hugh (No. 12650)

Campbell, Hugh

Sergeant

No. 12650, 8th Battalion, Royal Irish Rifles

Killed in action on Thursday 21 June 1917 (aged 24)

No known grave

Commemorated:

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, Belgium (Panel 40)

Bangor Grammar School (To Be Confirmed)

BIOGRAPHY

Under the headline Holywood Rifleman Killed the death of Sergeant Hugh Campbell (No. 12650) was reported in the 28 July 1917 edition of the Newtownards Chronicle.  It was also recorded that Sergeant Hugh Campbell lived in Lennox Terrace, Holywood.

Sergeant Hugh Campbell (No. 12650) served with the 8th Battalion Royal Irish Rifles in 107th Brigade of the 36th (Ulster) Division and he was killed in action on 21 June 1917.

In the Soldiers Died in the Great War 1914 – 1919 database it is recorded that Sergeant Hugh Campbell (No. 12650) was born in Ballymacarrett and enlisted in Belfast.

In the Army Register of Soldiers’ Effects it is recorded that his widow Jeannie was his sole legatee.

Hugh Campbell and Jeannie Mills were married on 9 February 1915 in Holywood Parish Church of Ireland Church (St Philip and St James).  Hugh Campbell, a Sergeant in the Royal Irish Rifles stationed at Ballykinlar, was a son of Hugh Campbell, a land steward.  He declared that he was 22 years old.  Jeannie Mills from Lennox Place, Holywood was a daughter of Frank Mills, a gardener.  She declared that she was 22 years old.

Sergeant Hugh Campbell (No. 12650) has no known grave and he is commemorated on the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial in Belgium.

Desk studies and public appeals to date have not confirmed whether these service details relate to the H. Campbell who is commemorated on the Bangor Grammar School First World War Memorial Plaque.