Campbell, Sterling Carl: Service no. 823416

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Source: Operation Picture Me via The 18th Battalion Facebook Group. London Free Press Circa 1919.


Family Search: Private Sterling Carl Campbell was born on 3 June 1897, in Woodstock, Oxford, Ontario, Canada as the son of Louise Campbell. He had at least 1 son with Margaret Elizabeth Fasken Baird. He immigrated to California, United States in 1924 and lived in London, Ontario, Canada in 1918 and Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California, United States in 1924. He registered for military service in 1915. In 1915, at the age of 18, his occupation is listed as clerk. He died on 6 September 1990, in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, at the age of 93.

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Source: Toronto Telegram. May 1917. Per news clipping post by David Archer at 18th Battalion Facebook Page (not group).
Source: Operation Pcture Me via The 18th Battalion Facebook Group. London Free Press. April 3, 1919.

IMDB Biography

Sterling Carl Campbell served in the Royal Canadian Army during World War I and later worked in Hollywood as a technical and action assistant director. Usually uncredited, it is believed that he worked on a number of films involving flying sequences including Wings, Dawn Patrol, Hell’s Angels, Air Circus, Legion of the Condemned, Forced Landing and Ceiling Zero. He returned to Canada to serve in the Royal Canadian Air Force during World War II, but one source states that he ended up back in the US working on war effort films. His only verifiable credit as a feature director is the 1946 production Bush Pilot, one of the first narrative feature films produced in English by a Canadian film production company, Dominion Productions Limited. Campbell was a partner in the company along with Bush Pilot’s producer Larry Cromien and costar, Austin Willis. The company never made another movie. In the mid-1950s, Campbell ran for a seat on Toronto City Council but was unsuccessful as he was unable to campaign effectively due to health reasons.

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