Galway, John Campbell

Galway, John Campbell (John)


 ‘C’ Company, 2nd Battalion, Canadian Pioneers attached Canadian Engineers

Killed in action on Wednesday 18 April 1917 (aged 40)


Ecoivres Military Cemetery, France (Grave VI. F. 10)


Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Canadian Virtual War Memorial (CVWM)

Canadian First World War Book of Remembrance

Royal Belfast Academical Institution (RBAI)

Queen’s University Belfast (QUB) War Memorial

Queen’s University Belfast (QUB) Book of Remembrance


John Campbell Galway was born on 18 June 1876 in South Molton, Devon and he was the only son of Thomas and Elizabeth Galway of Comber, Co Down.

When the family lived in Comber, Thomas Galway was a supervisor in the Inland Revenue.

John Campbell Galway was educated in the Royal Belfast Academical Institution (RBAI) and in the Queen’s University, Belfast (QUB) where he graduated with BA and BE degrees in 1901.  When he was attending QUB the family lived in Rosetta Park, Belfast.

John Campbell Galway moved to Canada where he worked as a civil engineer.  He and his wife Anna M. Galway lived at 46 Leonard Avenue, Ottawa.

John Campbell Galway enlisted in Quebec, obtained his Lieutenancy on 6 December 1915, was promoted to the rank of Captain on 20 July 1916 and was appointed Major whilst commanding a company on 20 December 1916.

Major John Campbell Galway was killed in action on 18 April 1917 when he was hit by a high explosive shell whilst returning from Battalion HQ to ‘C’ Company along the road between Mont-St Eloi and Neuville-St Vaast.  He was buried in Ecoivres Military Cemetery, France and there is an inscription on his CWGC headstone:



At the time of his death his wife Anna was living at The Manse, Hulton Avenue, West Hartlepool in England.

Major John Campbell Galway is commemorated on the Canadian Virtual War Memorial (CVWM); in the Canadian First World War Book of Remembrance; on the RBAI War Memorial; on the QUB War Memorial and in the QUB Book of Remembrance (Page 22).