Campbell, John (No. 6712)

Campbell, John

Rifleman

No. 6712, 14th Battalion, Royal Irish Rifles

Died of wounds on Saturday 14 July 1917 (aged 28)

Buried:

Belfast (Dundonald) Cemetery, Co. Down (Grave E5. 843)

Commemorated:

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Newtownards and District War Memorial

BIOGRAPHY

In the Soldiers Died in the Great War 1914 – 1919 database it is recorded that Rifleman John Campbell (No. 6712) lived in Newtownards and enlisted in Belfast.

Rifleman John Campbell (No. 6712) served with the 14th Battalion Royal Irish Rifles in 109th Brigade of the 36th (Ulster) Division.

Rifleman John Campbell (No. 6712) was wounded in action and he was 28 when he died of his wounds at Richmond Hospital in Dublin on 14 July 1917.  The funeral cortege travelled from the Great Northern Railway Terminus in Belfast to Dundonald Cemetery on Tuesday 17 July and Rifleman John Campbell (No. 6712) was buried with military honours.

John Campbell had made his will on 31 March 1916 and his property and effects were received by his widow, Norah Lilian Campbell.  She lived with their young son at 33½ William Street, Newtownards.

John Campbell was born on 28 April 1889 in East Street, Newtownards and he was a son of John and Isabella Campbell (nee Edgar) who were married on 9 June 1887 in Donaghadee Methodist Church.  John Campbell, a weaver from East Street, Newtownards, was a son of John Campbell, a soldier.  Isabella Edgar from East Street, Newtownards, was a daughter of Henry Edgar, a weaver.

The Campbell family lived in East Street, Newtownards before moving to Belfast where they lived in Pitt Place, Fraser Street and Josephine Street.

John Campbell Senior worked as a weaver, a labourer and a machine operator in an engineering works.

John and Isabella Campbell (nee) had eight children:

Agnes (born 19 February 1888 in East Street, Newtownards; died of bronchitis 2 December 1888)

John (born 28 April 1889 in East Street, Newtownards)

Henry Edgar (Harry, born 28 November 1890 in East Street, Newtownards)

Thomas Savage (born 10 October 1892 at 4 Pitt Place, Belfast)

Sarah Isabella (born 6 October 1895 at 14 Pitt Place, Belfast)

William James Diamond Jubilee (born 4 June 1897 at 14 Pitt Place, Belfast; died of bronchopneumonia 18 May 1898 at 15 Fraser Street, Belfast)

May (born 22 April 1899 at 15 Fraser Street, Belfast)

Thomas 6 December 1905

John Campbell Junior worked as a tram conductor.

John Campbell and Norah Lilian Haire were married on 28 September 1912 in Belmont Presbyterian Church Belfast.  John Campbell, a tram conductor from 4 Josephine Street, Belfast was a son of John Campbell, an engineer.  Norah Lilian Haire (aged 19) from 6 Chatsworth Street, Belfast was a daughter of William John Haire, a boiler maker.

John and Norah Lilian Campbell (nee Haire) had one child:

John Wellington Edgar (born 28 December 1914 at 66 St Leonard Street, Belfast)

Rifleman John Campbell (No. 6712) is commemorated on Newtownards and District War Memorial.