Roll of Honour


William Campbell

Military Cross


William Campbell was born in 1892 at Barwinnock, Glasserton, Wigtownshire. He was the son of William Campbell, a farmer, and Grace Allen Campbell of Chapel Outon Farm, Whithorn. He matriculated at the University of Glasgow in 1911 to study medicine and he graduated with an MB ChB on the 14 July 1915. He was a good student passing all of his subjects which included Surgery, Pathology, Anatomy and Clinical Medicine amongst others. For a time he was President of the University’s Dumfries and Galloway Society.

Memorial chapel at the University of Glasgow
The Memorial Chapel at the University of Glasgow

During the war he became Captain of the Royal Army Medical Corps (R.A.M.C.), attached to the 156th Brigade, Royal Field Artillery. In July 1916 he was awarded the Military Cross “For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty during operations. He repeatedly attended the wounded under heavy shell fire. On one occasion, when a dug-out had been hit by a gas shell, he went in to attempt the rescue of those within under very dangerous conditions. Captain William Campbell was killed in action on the 5th September 1916, aged 24. He is buried at Dartmoor Cemetery, Becordel-Becourt, (I.A.37) Somme, France.

Comments and Citations

CH 4/4/2/3/619

letter from Margaret Campbell (sister) to J.R.Peddie (editor of Roll of Honour)

CH 4/4/2/2/41, photograph

R8/5/34/2, matriculation slip, 1913-1914

MED5/2/10, Graduation schedule, 1915-1917

Ken Morris