Campbell, Charles Austin: Service no. 654376


Digitized Service Record

Source: Duty Nobly Done Honour Roll


PTE. AUSTIN CAMPBELL, a son of Mr. and Mrs. Chas. Campbell, of East Wawanosh, enlisted with the 161st Battalion in January, 1916, and went to France in February, 1918, and at the battle of Arras he paid the supreme sacrifice, being killed by a sniper.

Annotation 2019-05-21 114025
The Signal. September 26, 1918. Page 1.

Summary of Service for Private Charles Austin Campbell, reg. no. 654376

Date Event Remarks
June 25, 1889 Born East Wawanosh Township, Huron County, Ontario Canada to Mr. and Mrs. Charles Campbell.
January 31, 1916 Enlists at Wingham, Ontario Enlist as a private with the 161st Overseas Battalion at the age of 26-years and 7-months. He is a farmer standing 5’7“ tall and lists his residence address as R.R. #1 Belgrave, Ontario. He is single and has no prior military experience.
April 19, 1916 Anti-Typhoid Inoculation
April 27, 1916 Anti-Typhoid Inoculation
July 21 1916 Vaccinated
September 1916 Assigns Pay Assigns $20.00 per month to this mother, Mrs. Annie Campbell.
October 11, 1916 Signs Will Assigns his real and personal estate to his father. The will is witness by Privates Norman Leslie Butcher and another soldier.
November 1, 1916 Embarks for England Leaves Halifax, Nova Scotia.
November 11, 1916 Arrives England Arrives at Liverpool.
December 14, 1916 Appointed Acting/Lance-Corporal Appointed Acting/Lance-Corporal with pay at Dibgate Camp, England.
February 2, 1917 Appointed Acting/Corporal. Appointed Acting/Corporal with pay at Witley Camp, England.
April 19, 1917 Appointed Acting/Sergeant Appointed Acting/Sergeant with pay at Witley Camp, England.
April 26, 1917 Attended Bombing School Attended 5th Division Bombing School.
February 28, 1918 Reverts to Acting/Corporal Reverts to a lower rank in preparation for embarking to the Continent for service with the 18th Battalion.
February 28, 1918 Arrives in France at the No. 2 Canadian Infantry Brigade Depot Arrives Etaples, France.
March 12, 1918 Arrives at the 18th Battalion Arrives “In the Field” to the 18th Battalion. The Battalion is at St. Lawrence Camp in the Vimy area.
April 28, 1918 Reverts to Ranks Reverts to the rank of private.
August 27, 1918 Killed in Action Battalion very active in the Guemappe Sector. Suffers 15 killed and 150 wounded during action.
July 12, 1920 Certified Location of Grave C.W.G.C. report certifies the location of Private Campbell’s grave as plot II.A.9 at the Tigris Lane Cemetery, Wancourt, Pas-de-Calais, France. He is buried with seven of his fellow Battalion mates.


"Killed in Action" Was instantly killed by an enemy shell, during the operations between Guemappe and Vis-en-Artois.
“Killed in Action” Was instantly killed by an enemy shell, during the operations between Guemappe and Vis-en-Artois.

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