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Wednesday, 30 January 2013

Campbell, Samuel MacDonnell

2nd Lieutenant Samuel MacDonnell Campbell

was born on 16th October 1882.

He was the son of Mr R M Campbell and Mrs Campbell of Dungiven, Co. Londonderry.  The family were of Church of Ireland faith.
On 26th March 1900 he joined Northern Bank at Head Office.  His address at that time is recorded as Dungiven.
In 1901 Campbell was boarding in house 59, Atlantic Avenue, Belfast.  He is described as a Bank Official.  Transfers followed his spell in Head Office with moves to Limavady (1903), Coleraine (1906), Larne (1910) and Head Office (1915).  By 1911, he was boarding in house 53, Main Street, Larne, Co. Antrim and describing himself as a Banker. 

On ‘Ulster Day’, Saturday, 28th September 1912, Campbell signed the Ulster Covenant at Articlave Orange Hall. 
On 10th May 1915, Campbell volunteered and enlisted into the 13th Bn. Lancashire Fusiliers as a 2nd Lieutenant.  He was later attached to the 86th Trench Mortar Battery. 
Campbell was killed in action on 1st July 1916.   He is buried in the Beaumont-Hamel British Cemetery, Somme, France.

The Belfast News Letter of 11th July 1916 reports:

Another newspaper reported:

Campbell was awarded the British Victory Medal and the British War Medal. 

Probate was granted at Dublin on 2nd October 1916 to Martin Richards, Dentist.  Campbell's effects totalled £194 18s 9d.

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