Source: Duty Nobly Done Roll of Honour
Frank Daniel Campbell, Service # 769610
Frank “Bunny” Campbell enlisted in Toronto on January 3, 1916. At 29 years of age, he was a piano maker and had lived in Toronto for the past 18 years. Shortly after his own enlistment, his brother Harold also enlisted.
By August of 1916, Pte Campbell was on his way to England. His ship arrived in Liverpool after an 11-day voyage. In October he was taken on strength to the 18th Battalion and attached to the Field Convoy in England.
Pte Campbell joined the 18th Battalion in the field in France on November 26, 1916. He was injured by shrapnel in his leg and ankle six months later, in May 1917.
While he recovered from his injuries, he was discharged to the Number 3 Rest Camp. In July, Pte Campbell was sent to the 2nd Canadian Infantry Work Battalion.
Deemed to be fit to return to the front line, Pte Campbell rejoined the 18th in the field on July 24, 1918.
In a letter home he told of “going through a mile of barrage fire and all but six out of twenty were killed”. Sadly, his luck did not hold: he was instantly killed by an enemy shell on October 15, 1918, in the vicinity of Iwuy.
Pte Campbell was laid to rest at the Iwuy Communal Cemetery. The personal inscription on his grave reads “Their Glory Shall Not Be Blotted Out”.
Contributed and authored by Jill Campbell.
WIDOW’S SON IS KILLED
Pte. Frank D. Campbell Falls in Action and Two and a Half Years at the Front.
The sad news has been cabled to Mrs. Margaret Campbell, a widow, who resides at 190 Simcoe Street. that her son, Pte. Frank (“Bunny”) Campbell has fallen in action. A brother, Harold, has been serving at the front for the last two and a half years. Pte. Campbell was 27 years of age, and was born in Cartier, Ont., but had lived in Toronto for the last eighteen years. Shortly before his death in a letter home he told of going through a mile of barrage fire and all but six out of twenty, including his captain, were killed. Before enlisting he was employed on piano actions at the Ottolligel Company.
Toronto Star. November 1, 1918