Topic: Private Peter Duncan Campbell

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A soldier of the Great War who died of wounds near Ypres.

Private Peter Duncan Campbell - 44574    Campbell, Peter Duncan 

Peter was born at Killinchy on 10 November 1896, eldest son of James Duncan and Margaret Campbell. He was regarded by the district as “a fine stamp of young fellow and was deservedly popular. When only 16 years of age he achieved distinction as an athlete”  Before enlisting he was working for his father and it was noted that for some time he had been a great help to his father in contracting work. He had some previous military experience with the General Training section. The Defence Act of 1909 had made military training compulsory for men aged between 12 and 14 years old (Junion Cadets), 14 to 18 (Senior Cadets), 18 to 21 (General Training Section), and 21 to 30 (the Reserve). He was 5ft 5in tall with a fair complexion, light blue eyes and light brown hair.

Peter enlisted on 23 November 1916 at Leeston and was assigned to the 24th Reinforcements Canterbury Infantry Regiment, C Company. He embarked on 26th April aboard the Pakeha for England arriving in Devonport and on to Sling Camp on 28 July. About six weeks later he left for France on 5 September arriving in Etaples on 9 September. He joined the 1st Battalion, Canterbury Regiment, 13th Company, in the field on 16 September. It was only two weeks later on 1 October 1917 that he was wounded and died of his wounds, aged 18 years and 11 months, at the Dressing Station. The Regimental history reports that the 1st Canterbury Battalion left Coulomby early on the 25th and arrived at 4 p.m. on the 28th in the Ypres North area, to the west of the town and close to the Ypres-Poperinghe railway. The following night the 1st Canterbury and 1st Otago Battalions took over the right subsector of the front line, the 1st Canterbury Battalion having its headquarters in Pommern Castle, a thousand yards south of the Wieltje-Gravenstafel road. The history notes that the brigade held the line, but with some casualties. Peter was buried in the Brandhoek New Military Cemetery no 3. In New Zealand Peter is remembered on the Leeston Plaque of the Ellesmere County War Memorial. He is also named on the Lakeside Roll of Honour.

Researched and written by L M Seaton. Photograph Courtesy of Ellesmere RSA 

CWGC Cemetery locale history: During the First World War, Brandhoek was within the area comparatively safe from shell fire which extended beyond Vlamertinghe church. Field ambulances were posted there continuously. Until July 1917 burials had been made in the military cemetery, but the arrival of the 32nd, 3rd Australian and 44th casualty clearing stations, in preparation for the new allied offensive launched that month, made it necessary to open the new military cemetery. The new military cemetery no 3 opened in August and continued in use until May 1918.

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Private Peter Duncan Campbell


First Names:Peter Duncan
Last Name:Campbell
Date of Birth:10 November 1896
Place of Birth:Killinchy, Selwyn
Date of Death:1 October 1917
Place of Death:Belgium
Memorial or Cemetery:Brandhoek New Military Cemetery No.3
Age at death:18 years and 11 months
User Name:L M Seaton
Occupation before enlisting:Farm Hand
Marital Status:Single
Regiment or Service:Canterbury Regiment, "C" Company N.Z.E.F.
Country:New Zealand
Enlistment details:23rd November 1916
Parents or Next of Kin:Son of James Duncan and Margaret Campbell, of Lakeside, Canterbury, New Zealand.
Service Number:44574
Rank last held:Private
Embarkation:26 April 1917
Place of Embarkation:Wellington
Transport:Pakeha
Theatres of War:Western Front
Cause of Death:Died of wounds
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