Campbell, James (No. K/53057)

Campbell, James (Jimmy)


No. K/53057, General List, Canadian Army

Killed in action on Thursday 20 July 1944 (aged 38)


Bretteville-sur-Laize Canadian War Cemetery, Calvados, France (Grave X. D. 4)


Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Family grave headstone in Comber Cemetery

Brother of Sergeant Alexander Campbell (No. 974217)


The deaths of brothers Sergeant (Wireless Operator/Air Gunner) Alexander Campbell (No. 974217) and Sergeant James (Jimmy) Campbell (No. K/53057) on active service during the Second World War are commemorated on the Campbell family grave headstone in Comber Cemetery.

Alexander and James Campbell were sons of James and Jane Seeds Campbell (nee Martin) of 24 Woodlee Street, Belfast and, later, 25 Brownlow Street, Comber.  Jane Seeds Martin was born on 12 August 1883 and she was a daughter of Moses and Jane Martin (nee Seeds) who were married on 30 March 1878.  James Campbell was a hackle maker and he and Jane Martin were married on 30 April 1904 in Woodvale Presbyterian Church, Belfast.  They had at least eight children:

Jane (born 20 December 1904 at 24 Woodlee Street, Belfast)

James (born 20 May 1906 at 24 Woodlee Street, Belfast)

John Samuel (born 28 December 1907 at 3 Loughview Place, Ballysillan, Belfast)

Sarah Martin (born 26 December 1909 at 3 Ingram’s Buildings, Ballysillan, Belfast)

Ellen (born 3 March 1912 in Brownlow Street, Comber)

Margaret (born 15 July 1915 in Brownlow Street, Comber)

Isabel (born 21 May 1918 in Brownlow Street, Comber)

Alexander (born around 1922)

Other Campbell deaths are also commemorated on the headstone in Comber Cemetery:  Elsie died on 10 April 1929 (aged 0); Margaret died on 24 November 1932 (aged 22) and Albert died on 28 May 1945 (aged 20).

James Campbell Senior died on 31 March 1952 (aged 70) and Jane Seeds Campbell died on 28 January 1969.

James Campbell was born on 20 May 1906 at 24 Woodlee Street, Belfast and he lived in Comber with his parents until 6 April 1929 when he moved to Canada.  He travelled from Belfast to Halifax, Nova Scotia aboard the Cunard liner SS Scythia and, after living for a time in Winnipeg, he moved to the United States.  In his Petition for Naturalisation dated 21 March 1938, in which he sought permanent residency in the United States, he declared that he was a utility worker living at 3415½ Bellevue Avenue, Los Angeles, California and he was the husband of Alice Leah Mary Campbell (nee Byrd).   In 1929 he had declared his occupation to be a hackle setter – he set and maintained the pins in a hackle (comb) which was a toothed instrument used in linen making.  Alice Byrd was a daughter of John Henry and Sarah Hannah Byrd (nee Roper); she was born on 13 June 1911 in Winnipeg and she and James Campbell were married on 26 September 1936 in Eagle Rock, California.  Alice had entered the United States on 18 September 1936 at Noyes, Minnesota and at the time of the Petition they had no children.  James Campbell entered the United States on 9 November 1929 at Blaine in Washington State from Vancouver in British Columbia, Canada.

James Campbell enlisted on 20 February 1940 in Vancouver and he served with the Canadian Army in 3 Public Relations Group.  He was 38 years old when he was killed during the Allied thrust southwards from Caen to close the Falaise Gap and he was buried in Bretteville-sur-Laize Canadian War Cemetery in France.   There is an inscription on his CWGC headstone:



Sergeant James (Jimmy) Campbell (No. K/53057) was awarded the following service medals – the 1939-1945 Star, the France and Germany Star, the Italy Star, the Defence Medal, the War Medal (1939-45) and the Canadian Volunteer Service Medal.  Sergeant James (Jimmy) Campbell (No. K/53057) is commemorated on the Canadian Virtual War Memorial (Internet); on Page 266 of the Canadian Second World War Book of Remembrance and there is an inscription on the Campbell family grave headstone in Comber Cemetery:


His widow, Alice, was living at 1000½ North Oxford Avenue, Los Angeles, California.