Campbell, William Henry (No. 17/548)

Campbell, William Henry

Rifleman

No. 17/548, 8th Battalion, Royal Irish Rifles

Killed in action on Sunday 2 July 1916

No known grave

Commemorated:

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Thiepval Memorial, France (Pier and Face 15 A and 15 B)

BIOGRAPHY

In the Soldiers Died in the Great War 1914 – 1919 database it is recorded that Rifleman William Henry Campbell (No. 17/548) was born in Holywood and he enlisted in Belfast.

Rifleman William Henry Campbell (No. 17/548) served with the 8th Battalion Royal Irish Rifles in 107th Brigade of the 36th (Ulster) Division and in the Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC) Debt of Honour Website it is recorded that he died on 2 July 1916, the second day of the Battle of the Somme.  In the heat of battle, the 8th Battalion Royal Irish Rifles did not make a casualty return on 1 July 1916 and many military historians agree that those 8th Battalion casualties listed on the 2 July return were killed in action on 1 July.

In the Army Register of Soldiers’ Effects, the name of Rifleman William Henry Campbell’s widow is recorded as Margaret J.

Rifleman William Henry Campbell (No. 17/548) has no known grave and he is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial in France.

Desk studies and public appeals to date have yielded no further information.