CAMPBELL, JOSEPH 7893 Private

THE MACHINE GUN CORPS

Born Leyland  Enlisted Preston  Living Leyland

Died of Wounds  At Home  7th November 1918

Formerly 22500 The Cameronians (Scottish Rifles)

Ref: Medal Rolls and Newspaper reports.

Chorley Guardian and Leyland Hundred Advertiser Sat 22nd July 1916

Pte Joe Campbell, Scottish Rifles, whose mother resides in Hough Lane, Leyland has been wounded in recent fighting. He is now in a Manchester Hospital. He played football for Leyland, Lancaster and Stalybridge Celtic.

Chorley Guardian and Leyland Hundred Advertiser Sat 16th November 1918

Pte Joe Campbell, Machine Gun Corps, of 4 Ivy Bank, Hough Lane, Leyland, who died on Thursday week (7th Nov) from wounds received in action, was interred in Leyland Parish Churchyard on Monday (11th Nov) at noon. Pte Campbell, who was 27 years of age, was a prominent local footballer.

Preston Guardian Sat 16th November 1918

This report is similar to that of the Chorley Guardian of the same date. It states that he was in the Machine Gun Corps and that he died at home – 4 Ivy Bank, Hough Lane. Also, that he was with Stalybridge Celtic when they won the Southern League in 1912 (?). (In season 1911/12, they won the Second Division of the Lancashire Combination having been founded in 1909).

As Joseph Campbell does not appear in ‘Soldiers Died’ and is not in the C.W.G.C. index, I was unclear initially as to which unit he served in, as both the Scottish Rifles and the M.G.C. are mentioned in the newspaper reports. The information that I received later from researcher David Lloyd clarified the situation.

Joseph Campbell’s name appears on the following local memorials:-

War Memorial, Church Road, Leyland

St. Mary’s Memorial, Worden Lane, Leyland

St. Mary’s Leyland Burial Register

Died 7th Nov. 1918: Joseph Campbell of Leyland. Buried 11th Nov. in Leyland Cemetery. Entry signed (Fr) Neville Wilson.

Register of Electors – Leyland, 1918

4 Hough Lane   Joseph Campbell   Naval / Military Vote

Medal Rolls  Public Record Office  Ref: WO329. Researcher David Lloyd.

Victory Medal  M.G.C. / 101 B4, P.417, and British War Medal  Ditto:-

Campbell, Joseph M.G.C. Pte 7893. Sco(ttish) Rif(les) 22500. Remarks: Died after discharge. B.W. & V.M. returned (undisposed of) 6/3/23. C.R.V. 475/7849/Ad. This sheet is cross-referenced ‘see John Campbell’.

Silver War Badge

Campbell, John M.G.C. 7893 Pte Date of discharge 7th March 1917. Enlistment 25.10.15. Cause of Discharge Para 392 XL K.R. Wounds. Date of application (a) Badge and (b) Medal ‘Not filled in’; also, No. of File: ‘Not filled in.’ Address of applicant:- ‘Not filled in.’ Action taken List M.G.C. 94. This sheet is cross-referenced ‘see Joseph Campbell’.

The Machine Gun Corps

The Corps was founded 14th October 1915. By 26th April 1916 the Regimental numbers had reached 32,750. Ref: ‘World War One Army Ancestry’, Norman Holding, 2nd Ed., 1991.

Two other Leyland casualties that had joined the Scottish Rifles and were later transferred to the Machine Gun Corps are:-

Pte Harry Beardsworth 7887 M.G.C. Formerly 22507 Scot. Rifles K.I.A. 1.7.16 . Enlisted 1.11.15 . Pte Clar.J. Woodhouse 7897 M.G.C. Formerly 22502 Scot. Rifles K.I.A. 1.7.16 . Enlisted 15.10.15.

Note the closeness in regimental numbers in both the M.G.C. and the Scottish Rifles of Joseph

Campbell and the two men above: it almost suggests that they ‘joined-up’ together but the records show three different dates of enlistment. All three men were casualties on July 1st, 1916 – the first day of the ‘Battle of the Somme’.

Interestingly, Joe Campbell and Clarence Woodhouse were near neighbours, Joe at No. 4 and Clarence at No. 7 Hough Lane. In present day numbering No. 4 is No. 57 and No. 7 is No. 63 Hough Lane.

Campbell, Joseph. WE Waring  2003