Captain Duncan Campbell, 2nd Battalion, the Black Watch

May 18, 2019

 

 

Remembering the Fallen:  on this day in 1915, Captain Duncan Campbell, 2nd Battalion, the Black Watch, was killed in action near Vieille Chapelle in France.

The eldest son of a colonel in the Black Watch, he was educated at Rugby School and joined the Black Watch (Royal Perth Militia) when he was nineteen years old.  He volunteered for service in the South African Wars, and was commissioned into the 2nd Battalion, the Black Watch in 1900.  He served with them in India, the Transvaal and Northern Nigeria, as well as in other campaigns. 

After the outbreak of the Great War, Captain Campbell went with his regiment to France.  He was wounded in December of 1914 and sent home, but returned as soon as he had barely recovered.  On the day of his death he was directing repairs to the trench occupied by his company when he was killed outright by a shell which burst on the top of the parapet. 

His commanding officer (name not recorded in online source, but apparently killed later) wrote to his parents:  “Duncan was a very great friend to those of us who knew him best, and we can share your sorrow.  He is a great loss to the regiment and to the Army, for he was a first-class officer;  and the more trying the circumstances, the more he proved himself superior to them".

Duncan, from Argyll in Scotland, was 34 years old.

 

 

 

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