David Campbell

Information about birth

Date of birth:
Place of birth:
Glasgow, Lanarkshire, Scotland, United Kingdom

General information

Last known residence:
3420 West 39th Avenue, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Army information

Canadian Expeditionary Force
Service number:
Enlistment date:
Enlistment place:
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
 —  Canadian Infantry, 72nd Bn. (Seaforth Highlanders)  (Last known unit)

Information about death

Date of death:
Place of death:
Crest Farm, Passchendaele, Belgium
Cause of death:
Killed in action (K.I.A.)


Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial
Panel: Panel 30F

Points of interest 4

#1 Place of birth
#2 Last known residence
#3 Enlistment place
#4 Place of death or original burial place

My story

David Campbell, a former Banker, was born on the 22nd of February 1898 in Glasgow, Scotland. On January 21st, 1916, he enlisted at Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. He served as a private in the 72nd Battalion Canadian Infantry (Seaforth Highlanders), part of the 12th Canadian Brigade, of the 4th Canadian Division.

On the 30th of October 1917, the 12th Canadian Brigade attacked with the 85th, 78th and 72nd Battalions Canadian Infantry. The Seaforth Highlanders took the German stronghold at Crest Farm, a key defensive position near Passchendaele. Patrols reached the village but were later pulled back. The German artillery retaliated, causing heavy casualties.

David Campbell, aged 37, was killed in action on 30 October 1917. He was initially buried near Crest Farm at 28.D.12.a.20.80. His remains were not recovered or identified after the war. Private Campbell has no known grave and is remembered on panel 30F of the Menin Gate Memorial.

Files 1

Sources 5

Circumstances of death Register file of Campbell, David. Library and Archives Canada, RG150, 1992-93/314, 161, Volume 31829_B016726, Microform 17, 617-618.
Sources used
McCarthy, Chris. Passchendaele: the Day-by-Day Account. (Londen: Unicorn Publishing Group, 2018), 153-154.
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Personnel Record of Campbell, David. Library and Archives Canada, RG 150, Accession 1992-93/166, Box 1427 - 2, 84181.
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War Diary of the 12th Canadian Infantry Brigade, October 1917. Library and Archives Canada, RG9-III-D-3, Volume number: 4908, Microfilm reel number: T-10699--T-10700, File number: 328.
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War Diary of the 72nd Battalion Canadian Infantry, October 1917. Library and Archives Canada, RG9-III-D-3, Volume number: 4942, Microfilm reel number: T-10749--T-10750, File number: 450.
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