Campbell, Crofford George: Service no. 54007

Digitized Service Record

Source: Per record of promotion for Stephens, George (53393).


Born U.S.A. but a declared British Citizen.

Was attached to Dunsterforce. Reference book First World Oil War by Timothy C. Winegard for references to Diary and Photos of Sergeant Campbell.

Letter by Private Frederick William Stokes to his daughter in which he refers to Crofford Campbell. It is not clear how each soldier knew each other. Crofford enlisted at Walkreton in 1914 and Stokes enlisted in Goderich with the 161st Battalion in 1915. They lived in the same county but had different trades.

Private F. W. Stokes
654708 B. D.
France, B.E.F.

France, #654708 1 B.D.
Apl 1/18 B.E.F.

Dear Ethel

Just a line to let you know where I am. I left England last week for France and am waiting here, expecting the call any time to go into action.

No doubt you are surprised to know that I am over here, but the fact remains that I am.

George came across over a month ago, and has been up the line now for nearly three weeks. I haven’t heard from him since came over but I guess he is too busy just now to write. I don’t expect to hear from him until his Batt. Comes out of the line to rest, I think I told you he was in the 18th where Crofford Campbell is. I seen lots of the 18th boys at Bramshott who knew Crofford and they all spoke awfully nice of him. He is back with the Batt now so I guess George has found him long before this.

Well I guess you would enjoy your trip home for Easter. You don’t know how I would like to be there with you all. You don’t know how much I miss you all and home.

I can’t tell you much about this country yet as I haven’t seen a great deal of it. We are camped some distance from the line, just waiting the call to be sent up to our unit. The Bates boys left last night for the line. I don’t know how little Bertie will make out with those little short legs of his, but I guess he will get there somehow.

I hope this finds you well and that you like your position as well as ever.

Write to me soon as I haven’t had a letter for some time now, we have been moved about so much lately. I don’t know when we will get our mail.

Well Ethel, I guess I can’t say any more for this time, as we can’t say all here what we would like. Enough to say I am real well and going to the front along with a lot of old timers in the game. I will close more hoping you are well, and that I may here from you soon.

Your Loving father

Pte F. W. Stokes

Service Record showing attachment to Dunsterforce
Screenshot of service record showing attachment to Dunsterforce and his transfer to Basrah, Iraq.

Summary of Service for Sergeant Crofford Campbell, reg. no. 54007

March 2, 1894BornBorn in Duluth, Minnesota to Mr. and Mrs. George Campbell.
October 27, 1914EnlistsEnlists in Walkerton, Ontario. Currently residing in Kincardine, Ontario and is a cabinet maker. He is 20-years old and stands an uncharacteristically tall 6’.
April 29, 1915Arrives EnglandArrives aboard the S.S. Grampian with the 18th Battalion and arrives at West Sandling Camp.
May 14, 1915Absent Without LeaveForfeits 1 days pay.
August 4, 1915Absent Without LeaveForfeits 1 days pay.
September 6, 1915Admitted to HospitalAdmitted for bruised ankle. Run over by motor truck.
September 9, 1915Transferred to Base CompanyTransferred to Base (Headquarters) Company.
September 12, 1915Discharged from Hospital 
September 12, 1915Transferred to “B” CompanyInternal transfer from one unit to another. From Base Company to “B” Company.
September 14, 1915Embarks to France18th Battalion with rest of 4th Canadian Infantry Brigade embarks for France.
November 1, 1915AppointedAppointed to Lance-Corporal.
April 17, 1916AppointedAppointed to Corporal with pay.
May 7, 1916PromotedPromoted to Corporal.
June 3, 1916Granted LeaveGranted 8 days leave.
July 2, 1916WoundedG.S.W. Left hand, face and eye. Admitted No. 5 C.F.A.
July 3, 1916HospitalizedAttends No. 13 Stationary Hospital, Boulogne, France.
July 9, 1916TransferredTransfers to No. 1 Convalescent Hospital, Boulogne, France.
July 16, 1916DischargedDischarged to Canadian Base Depot, Etaples, France.
August 8, 1916TransferredTransferred to C.C.A.C (Canadian Casualty Clearing Center) in Folkstone, England.
August 10, 1916ArrivesC.C.A.C., Folkestone, England.
August 10, 1916Proceeds of Medical BoardFit for duty after 8-week physical training. G.S.W. to right-hand, third finger and left eye.
August 21, 1916 On CommandOn Command to the 1st Canadian Convalescent Depot.
March 10, 1917S.O.S. to Western Ontario RegimentStruck off Strength from the 1st. C.C.D. to the W.O.R. at Hastings, England.
March 11, 1917S.O.S. to 2nd C.C.D.S.O.S. to 2nd C.C.D. at Bramshott.
March 27, 1917Medical ReportTonsillitis.
March 28, 1917AdmittedAdmitted Canadian Military Hospital, Hastings.
June 13, 1917DischargedDischarged Canadian Military Hospital, Hastings.
June 20, 19174th Reserve BattalionTransferred from 2nd C.C.D. to 4th Reserve Battalion.
September 1, 1917Assigns PayAssigns $20.00 pay per month to his mother, Mrs. G. Campbell.
November 9, 1917Arrives 18th BattalionPosted from 4th Reserve Battalion back to the 18th Battalion.
December 1, 1917Appointed Lance-Sergeant 
January 12, 1918Transferred to W.O.R.D.Transferred to Western Ontario Regimental Depot.
January 15, 1918On Command“On Command for War Office for special duty from that date.”
January 15, 1918Appointed Acting-Sergeant 
January 29, 1918Embarked for Basrah, PersiaEmbarked at Southampton to be part of the Mesopotamia Expeditionary Force.
March 2, 1918Disembarked BasrahTo be part of the Dunsterforce.
February 12, 1919Approval to Marry 
February 15, 1919MarriedMarries Lillian Victoria Elgar.
March 7, 1919Marriage RecordedMarried to Lillian Victoria Elgar at, an English spinster, at the Church of the Holy Trinity, Parish of Hastings, County of Sussex. Marriage witnessed by Henry Thomas Elgar and Stanley Saunders. Officiated by Thomas Cook, Canon and Prebendary.
April 4, 1919Eye ExamCaptain W.S. Loggie indicates defective vision due to service from wound in 1916.
April 7, 1919Dental ExamFillings reported in teeth no. 8 and 9.
April 16, 1919Struck Off StrengthS.O.S. to M.D. 1 Rhyl Ripon.
May 2, 1919To CanadaEmbarks S.S. Cassandra
May 15, 1919DischargedDischarged from CEF in Military District No. 1 [London, Ontario] for demobilization and being medically unfit for general service.
July 8, 1919War Service GratuityWar Service Gratuity paid to Sergeant Campbell’s wife, Mrs. L.V. Campbell residing at 45 Cornwallis Gardens, Hastings, Sussex, England.
August 23, 1958DeceasedHe died at Sunnybrook Hospital. His wife was Lillian V. Campbell and they resided at 147 Mill Street, South, Brampton, Ontario.

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