William Campbell was born at Bowenvale, VIC, in 1892, to Henry George Campbell and Esther Vennell. William had two brothers, Gordon and Henry, who are also remembered in the Avenue.
William was living in Bacchus Marsh, VIC and working as a Telephone Mechanic, when he enlisted in the AIF, Australian Flying Corps, No. 1 Squadron, Wagon Section, 1st Reinforcements, as a Driver, on the 3rd of May 1916, at the age of 20. William embarked at Melbourne, aboard the RMS Morea, at the end of May.
In June 1916 he embarked at Bombay, disembarking at Basra in July. In October he was hospitalised for three weeks, suffering from crushed toes. In May 1917 he was in Baghdad and at the end of August he was in Suez, still as a Driver. He was attached for duty with the Australian Mounted Divisional Train for two months at the end of November, before returning to the Australian Flying Corps No. 1 Squadron in the middle of January 1918 and rated Aircraft Mechanic 2nd Class.
In March 1919, William embarked for Australia aboard the Port Sydney, arriving home in April and was discharged from the AIF in June 1919. William Campbell died at Malvern, VIC, in 1964, aged 72.
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.
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