CAMPBELL Donald William Auchinbreck
Regiment : 4th Battalion South Staffordshire Regiment attached 1st Battalion Sherwood Foresters (Notts and Derby Regiment)
Service number : D0
Conflict : WW1
Date of death : 23rd November 1914 aged 42
Buried : Commemorated on Le Touret Memorial, France, Panel 21 and 22.
Relatives : Son of the late Reverend W.P.A. Campbell, Rector of Fladbury, Worcestershire; husband of Helen G. Campbell
Memorial : Fladbury St John the Baptist Church Campbell Memorial
Mentioned in Despatches.
De Ruvigny’s Roll of Honour:
Campbell, Donald William Auchinbreck, Captain, 4th (Extra Reserve) Battalion The South Staffordshire Regiment attached 1st Battalion (45th Foot) The Sherwood Foresters (Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire Regiment), 3rd son of the late Rev. W.P.A. Campbell, Rector of Fladbury, Worcestershire; born 20th March 1872; educated Clifton College; was gazetted 2nd Lieutenant 1st Battalion South Staffordshire Regiment in June 1892; served in England and Egypt until 1899, when he was appointed Adjutant of the 3rd (Vol) Battalion of his regiment, which post he held until 1903, when he resigned his commission in the Regular Army and joined the Special Regiment, from which he retired in 1913; volunteered for Imperial service on the outbreak of war, and rejoined the 4th South Satffordshires; served with the Expeditionary Force in France and Flanders from November 1914, being attached to the 1st Sherwood Foresters, and was killed in action at Neuve Chapelle on the 22nd, while endeavouring to recover the body of a machine-gun officer, which lay a short distance in front of his trench. Captain Campbell was mentioned in Despatches [London Gazette, 17 February 1915] by F.M. Sir John (now Lord) French, for gallant and distinguished service in the field. He married Helen Gertrude, daughter of (-) Philpott, and had 2 daughters.
The inscription on the memorial reads:
DONALD WILLIAM AUCHINBRECK
CAPTAIN SOUTH STAFFORDSHIRE REGT
THIRD SON OF THE ABOVE
BORN MARCH 20TH 1872
KILLED IN ACTION NOV 22ND 1914
AT NEUVE CHAPELLE FRANCE
Qui procul hinc sed miles
Qui ante diem periit sed pro patria