Project Description

GEORGE NEIL CAMPBELL 1893–1936

g-n-campbell

Photograph from Ancestry Public Member Tree

Born 19th July 1893, Radcliffe on Trent

Baptised 23rd August 1893 St Peter’s Church, East Bridgford

Married September 1921 to Annie Gertrude Winckworth, Bath, Somerset. Children: Archibald (1924-2004), Elsa (1925-2008)

Date of death 10th February 1936 in Argyllshire

1901 Census

George Neil Campbell, known as Neil, was seven years old living at Dunmore House, Radcliffe on Trent with his father Archibald, 47, a physician born in Tarbert, Argyllshire, mother Georgina Annie, 36, who came from East Bridgford, Notts and sisters Winifred, age two and Isobel, age one. Two servants, Elizabeth Wilson and Lucy Foster, were living with the family.

1911 Census

George Neil was age seventeen. His father Archibald, age 60 and described as a surgeon, mother  Georgina Annie, age 48 and sister Winifred Norah, (known as Norah) age 13 and at school were living at Dunmore House Radcliffe on Trent. Archibald and Georgina had been married for nineteen years. They had three children, one of whom had died. The house had ten rooms. George is not listed on the 1911 Census for Radcliffe on Trent.

Military Service

Rank: 2nd Lieutenant, previously Able Seaman

Service number: London Z/754

Military Unit: D Coy, Hawke Battalion, 63rd (Royal Naval) Division then Royal Flying Corps/Royal Air Force from 1917 (U.K. based)

Theatre of War   Egypt, date of entry unknown, possibly France

Summary of service: 6.11.14-8.3.15 Public Schools Battalion; 9.3.15-21.8.16 Hawke Battalion; 22.8.16-21.11.16 4th Reserves, 22.11.16-11.2.17 Hawke Battalion; 12.2.17-24.9.17 4th Reserves then discharged to Commission. It is not clear from Campbell’s service record below when he entered a theatre of war or how long he served abroad. However, his medal record shows he was awarded a 1914-1915 Star so he was serving abroad during that year. The Hawke Battalion were in action at Gallipoli in 1915; they moved to France with the 63rd Division in May 1916 and fought at the Somme.

Enlisted 6.11.14, address Albert House, Cropwell Road, Radcliffe on Trent. Height 5ft 7ins, complexion fair, hair dark brown, eyes grey. Occupation, farming. Religion, Episcopalian.

8.1.15: On Nominal Roll, Public Schools Battalion

23.4.15: Appointed Able Seaman

3.5.15: Hawke Battalion, D Company, Royal Naval Division. At Blandford Camp, Dorset.

27.2.16: Service certificate sent to C.P.Depot for entry of service at Depot and for transmission to 3.C.O. Blandford

4.5.16: Hawke Battalion transferred to Depot Batt. Mudros, northern Aegean

29.7.16: British Expeditionary Force Hawke. Disembarked at Alexandria from HT Kentucky in Mudros

4.9.16: Attached to 4th Reserve Battalion, Canvas Camp, Blandford, England

22.11.16: Drafted to Hawke Battalion from Blandford

8.2.17: Discharged to U.K. (commission) to enter cadet school Royal Flying Corps

8.4.17: Previously shown on special leave till 7.4.17. Now at No.18 Officer Cadet Battalion, Prior Park, Bath

5.11.17: Awarded Good Conduct Badge

26.9.18: Discharged from Royal Navy Voluntary Reserve on appointment to commission as 2nd Lt. in the Royal Flying Corps

Service with the Royal Flying Corps and R.A.F in the U.K. 1917-18

On 24.3.17 he entered Cadet School. Following special leave, he was stationed at No.18 Officer Cadet Battalion, Prior Park, Bath. From 26.9.17 he was on probation, general list with the Royal Flying Corps. at Reading. Medical Board of 3.10.17 stated he was fit as a pilot. His full service record gives his civilian occupation as ‘farming in Canada’ and his address as care of his father, Dr. Archibald Campbell, Argyll Lodge, Hunters Quay, Argyllshire, Scotland (Dr Campbell (1853-1932) had retired from his practice in Radcliffe on Trent). On 18.6.18 he was transferred from 41 Squadron to 47 Training Depot Station. On 7.10.18 he was transferred with qualifying orders to G.H.Q. Blandford. On 9.11.18 a Medical Board stated he was physically suited for pilot or observer.  On 13.2.1920 he resigned his Commission. His record states ‘unsuited for P.O.’ and ‘Officers Pool, Reserve Depot’.

Letter from his mother during the war

The following undated letter written by Neil’s mother, Georgina Campbell, during the war is in a private collection held at the Imperial War Museum. It is addressed to nurse Grace Durant (see her biography). The letter suggests Neil was recovering at the time from hand injuries.

Dear Grace,

I am ashamed I have not written before this to thank you for your letter and photo of the Hospital. It must be a huge place. I am glad you like the work  … We heard from Neil, dated Nov 3rd and he seemed much brighter and in better spirits. His hands he said were healing nicely and he was able to hold his rifle. He said sniping was most exciting!! Your mother seems very well now. I expect she keeps you well up in village news. George Houldgate has enlisted at last and has gone to London. Swift is still about though! With kind regards, yours sincerely, G.A. Campbell.

Medals Awarded

1914-1915 Star, British War and Victory

Death and other information

George Neil Campbell of 86 Wells Road, Bath, died 10th February 1936 at The Argyll and Bute District Asylum, Lochgilphead, Argyllshire. Administration (with Will), Nottingham 22 November 1950 to Archibald Richard Neil Campbell nurseryman and Elsa Isobel Campbell spinster. Effects £2483 1s. 4d. (Source: England and Wales, National Probate Calendar).

No further details are currently available about the circumstances in which George Neil Campbell died.

Annie Campbell, wife of George, died in 1941 in Bath at the age of 44.

From 1939 Register

Annie Campbell, widow, was living in Bath with son Archibald, at school and one other person whose record is officially closed (presumably daughter Elsa).

Reasons for inclusion on Radcliffe on Trent Roll of Honour

Born and lived in Radcliffe on Trent as a child.