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Sapper Gordon Leslie Campbell

Service No.:
3368
Unit:
1st Australian Light Railway Operating Company
Tree No.:
S040
Planted by:
Mrs H G Campbell (Mother)
Image of plaque on tree S040 for Gordon Leslie Campbell
See Notes (1) (2)
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Gordon Campbell was born at Bacchus Marsh, VIC, in 1897, to Henry George Campbell and Esther Vennell. Gordon had two brothers, Henry and William, who are also remembered in the Avenue.

Gordon Campbell was a clerk, living in Bacchus Marsh, VIC, when he enlisted in the AIF at Melbourne on the 13th of June 1917, aged 20. He had previously served two years in the cadets and been rejected by the AIF by reason of height. In July he embarked aboard the HMAT A16 Port Melbourne with the 9th Reinforcements, 59th Battalion.

In September 1917 Gorden disembarked at Liverpool, England, before joining the 59th Battalion in France in January 1918. Gordon would have taken part in the defence of Villers-Bretonneux during the March offensive and the now legendary counter-attack at Villers-Bretonneux on 25th April 1918.

Gordon transferred to the 1st Australian Light Railway Operating Company as a Sapper in May and shortly thereafter spent ten days in hospital. In December he was detached to Australian General Base Depot and returned to England.

In January 1919 he embarked for Australia aboard the SS Ulysses, arriving in March - reported to be in poor physical condition. Gordon Campbell died in 1983 at the age of 86.

He is listed on the Roll of Honour for Bacchus Marsh, held by the RSL at Bacchus Marsh and also on the Roll of Honour of St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church, Bacchus Marsh, held by the Bacchus Marsh Uniting Church.

Notes

  1. Was in the 59th Battalion but transferred to the 1st Australian Light Railway Operating Company
  2. Became a Sapper when he joined the 1st Australian Light Railway Operating Company

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