Private Joseph Bernard Campbell

Joseph Bernard Campbell served during WW1 with the 87th battalion with the Canadian Expeditionary Forces.  He is entitled to the British War Medal and the Victory Medal. His enlistment number was 145245.

He was born on December 6th, 1897 in Buckingham, Quebec

Trade : moulder       Religion : Roman Catholic     Status : single

Height : 5’8″     Eyes : brown     Hair : blond      Weight : 130 lbs

Name of his mother : Mrs A Campbell living at 53 Ottawa street, Ottawa

1901 : Canadian census taken in Buckingham, Quebec

Head : Bernard Murphy born in August of 1841

Wife : Julianna Murphy born on March 27 1854

Son : William L. Murphy born on May 6 1873

Son : Edmond Joseph Murphy born on March 10 1880

Grand son : Bernard Campbell born on December 6th 1898 (different date of birth from his attestation paper)

October 6th, 1915 : Enlisted in Rockcliffe Park, Ottawa, Ontario in the 77th battalion. He was most certainly a minor when he enlisted, this would explain the discrepancies between the birth year in the 1901 census and on his Attestion Form. He had 3 months of previous military service with the 70th battalion (Hull)

Joseph Bernard Campbell Attestion Form with the C.E.F.

June 19th,  1916 : Embarked on the SS Missanabe. Disembarked in Liverpool, England on June 28th.

July 4th : Transferred to the 87th battalion.

August 11th : Embarked for France on the Archangle. Disembarked in Havre, France on the 12th at 7:15 am. Arrived in the trenches on the 18th.

October 21th : Gun shot wound at the wrist. Wounded in the attack of Regina trenches. Hospitalized at he Graylingwell Hospital in Chichester from October 24th to November 29th. Excerpt from his medical report “Small wounds of entry, exit in wrist, no fracture palpable but wrist very stiff ….. hand smoother, temp. Normal, slight movement in fingers”

Transferred to Woodcote Park in Epsom from November 29th until January 15th, 1917

July 26th, 1918 : The attack started at 12:05 and by 12:15 Regina trench was captured. The unit was shelled early on the evening, he was wounded (shell wound left arm) and evacuated at the 7th Canadian Casualties Clearing Station.

From the war diary of the 87th battalion : “During the attack and the two following days there were 281 casualties, all ranks including all but one officer who participated in the attack”

Excerpt from Best O’Luck written by Alexander McClintock, sergeant 87th battalion : “It seemed almost certain death to start over in broad daylight, yet, as it turned out, the crossing of No man’s land was accomplished rather more easily than in our night raids. Our battalion was on the extreme right of the line and that added materially to our difficulties first by compelling the advance through mud so deep that some of our men sank to their hips in it and second by giving the hottest little spot in France to hold later.”

Hospitalized at the Mile End military Hospital from August 8th until September 25th. Transferred to Woodcote Park in Epsom from September 25th until October 30th.

Transferred to the Quebec Regiment Depot in Bramshott

February 1st : Embarked in Liverpool, England on SS Carmenia. Arrived in Halifax on February 9th.

February 28th, 1919 : Demobilised in Ottawa, Canada

August 11th : Re-enlisted in Ottawa in the Canadian Military Staff Clerk. Promoted corporal

November 11th : Promoted Sergeant

January 31st, 1920 : Demobilised

Picture of Private Joseph Bernard Campbell

An article about him in the Buckingham Newspaper

If you know more information on this gentleman, please leave me message so I can add it to his small biography.

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