Corporal George Gunn Campbell

Biography of Corporal George Gunn Campbell

George Gunn Campbell was born on the 2nd April 1893, son of William and Elizabeth Campbell, and his family home was 'Cairnroich', Swiney, which was in Lybster, near Wick, Caithness, Scotland. As the first stage of preparation for a teaching career, George followed the Junior Student curriculum at Pulteneytown Academy in Wick from 1911-1913. There he obtained Lower Grade passes in French and in Experimental Science and Nature Study, and Higher Grade passes in English, Mathematics and Analytical Geometry. He gained his Junior Student's Certificate in the summer of 1913, and immediately applied for full teacher training at the Glasgow Provincial Training College, which was run by the Glasgow Provincial Committee for the Training of Teachers (GPCTT). The admission register indicates that George's mother was widowed, and that the annual income of members of his family totalled £40; however, there were also 8 dependants who earned no income. In view of these 'very necessitous' circumstances, George was granted the sum of £20 towards his maintenance at college.

George completed his teacher training course in the summer of 1913, gaining the General Certificate, which qualified him to teach in primary schools. He also undertook supplementary training to deliver the 'Industrial Course', which covered Handwork, Experimental Mechanics, Free Industrial Drawing and Applied Mathematics, and was endorsed as having special fitness to have charge of this supplementary course in primary schools. It is possible during this time George attended the University of Glasgow, although his link with the university is unclear and only known because of his place on the Roll of Honour.

During the war he enlisted as a Private at Stranraer with the 6th Bn. Kings Own Scottish Borderers and fought at the Battle of Loos where he was wounded. George was sent to a hospital in Dublin and had a leg amputated. He later died of blood poisoning on 2nd February 1916, aged 23. Corporal (Acting Sergeant) George Gunn Campbell was buried in the Grangegorman Military Cemetery in Dublin, Ireland. He is remembered on the Lybster and Swiney War Memorial.


Corporal George Gunn Campbell
Rank: Corporal
Regiment: 6th Kings Own Scottish Borderers
Degree: Student
Awards: N/A
Comments: Died of wounds, 2 February 1916
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