Private William Edward Campbell

Thank you to Lenka Cathersides for the following research

William Edward was born on the 5th of February 1887 at Bengeo in Hertfordshire and baptised on the 3rd of April 1887 also in Bengeo.

He was the son of Thomas Smith and Laura Polly Campbell of the ´Black Swan´ in Cobham, Surrey.

William Campbell 1911 Census © findmypast.co.uk
William Campbell 1911 Census © findmypast.co.uk

At the time of the 1911 Census, William lived with his parents at the ´Black Swan´ inn in Cobham and was working as a coach painter.

William was part of the ´B´ Company, the 2nd/4th Battalion, the Queen´s West Royal Surrey Regiment. His regimental number was G/63058 and he was a Private. William enlisted at Guildford in Surrey and at the time of enlistment resided in Godalming, Surrey,

His previous regiment was the Army Ordnance Corps (the maintenance and repair of armaments and munition) and regimental number 014041.

William was killed in action on the 29th of July 1918 in France.

He is buried at the Raperie British Cemetery, Villemontorie in France. His grave reference number is IA.A.8. The headstone reads ´Peace Perfect Peace´.

William Campbell British War Medal and Victory Medal © Ancestry.co.uk
William Campbell British War Medal and Victory Medal © Ancestry.co.uk

William received the British and Victory medals.

Born                            Bengeo, Hertfordshire
Lived                           Cobham, Surrey

Son of                          Thomas Smith and Laura Polly Campbell of The Black Swan, Cobham

Enlisted                        Guildford, Surrey

Regiment                     ‘B’ Company. 2nd/4th Battalion. The Queen’s Royal West Surrey Regiment
Number                       G/63058

Date of Death              29th August 1918
Place of Death             France
Cause of Death           Killed in Action

Age                              31

Cemetery                     Raperie British Cemetery, Villemonterie, France.