Corporal Charles Edward Campbell


Charles Edward Campbell was born on 13 October 1892 at Rossachrin, Irvinestown, County Fermanagh, the last of nine children of gamekeeper James Campbell and his wife Catherine Anne (née Davis).

Campbell enlisted in the 6th (Inniskilling) Dragoons Service Squadron on 24 March 1915 (No. UD/228). On 6 October 1915 he embarked for France with his squadron, which was then serving as divisional cavalry to the 36th (Ulster) Division.

In June 1916 the Inniskilling squadron joined with C and F Squadrons of the North Irish Horse to form the 2nd North Irish Horse Regiment, serving as corps cavalry to X Corps.

Campbell fell ill on 5 October 1916. Suffering from dysentery, he was transferred from the 39th Casualty Clearing Station to No.1 New Zealand Stationary Hospital. What happened to him for the remainder of the war is not clear, but by 1919 he still was serving in the Inniskilling Dragoon (Corps of Dragoons No.21326), with the rank of corporal.

On 13 May 1919 at Enniskillen Campbell was discharged in order to re-enlist (No.33274 – later Army No.392147), with the rank of transport corporal. He served in the 2nd Dragoon Guards (Queens Bays) and the Inniskilling Dragoons until discharged on 9 July 1922, 'his services being no longer required' (paragraph 392(xxv), King's Regulations). He was awarded an India General Service Medal with Malabar Clasp (1921-22). His military character was recorded as 'exemplary'.

Immediately after his discharge Campbell lived at Glenshaven Lodge, Derrygonnelly, County Fermanagh. At some point he emigrated to Australia. His Medal Index Card gives his address as c/o Mr Fitzsimmons Motor Garage, Cairns, Queensland.


This page last updated 10 August 2023.