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Joseph William Campbell

In memory of:

Corporal Joseph William Campbell

April 8, 1945

Military Service

Service Number:







North Nova Scotia Highlanders, R.C.I.C.


Knight of the Fourth Class, Military Willems Order,

Additional Information


May 8, 1922

Third child of Mary Ellen (née Murphy) and Duncan Farquhar Campbell of Newport, Prince Edward Island.

Brother of Private Vernon Francis Campbell, who died while serving with the North Shore (New Brunswick) Regiment, R.C.I.C.

Commemorated on Page 501 of the Second World War Book of Remembrance. Request a copy of this page. Download high resolution copy of this page.

Burial Information

Grave Reference:

I. H. 12


Holten is a village 20 kilometres east of the town of Deventer, on the main A1 motorway from Amsterdam to Bremen in Germany. Following the A1 motorway, turn off at exit 26 and follow the N332 in the direction of Holten. Follow the N332 until reaching a signpost for Holterberg. Turn right onto the N344 in the direction of Holten, then at the T junction turn left towards Holten and follow this road to the roundabout. Take second exit then turn first right towards Holterberg. Follow this road uphill until you see a green Commission sign pointing to the right. Turn right down the track and follow to the end. Turn left and the cemetery lies along here on the left hand side.

Historical Information: The Netherlands fell to the Germans in May 1940 and was not re-entered by Allied forces until September 1944. The great majority of those buried in Holten Canadian War Cemetery died during the last stages of the war in Holland, during the advance of the Canadian 2nd Corps into northern Germany, and across the Ems in April and the first days of May 1945. After the end of hostilities the remains of over 1,300 Canadian soldiers were brought together into this cemetery.

Information courtesy of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

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  • Memorial– Remembering brothers lost … Brothers In Arms Memorial, Zonnebeke, BE … photo courtesy of Marg Liessens … May 2022
  • Grave marker for J.W. Campbell
  • Photo of J.W. Campbell– Corporal Joseph William Campbell of the North Nova Scotia Highlanders, native of PEI.
  • Photo of J.W. Campbell 2– This is a picture of Cpl. Joe Campbell taken in Newfoundland, postings to Newfoundland were considered to be "Overseas" as it was a part of the British Commonwealth and not a province of Canada.
  • Last Post– This photograph along with a letter was sent to the family to show the location of Joseph's final resting place. The wooden cross was used as a temporary marker until the permanent Headstone is placed.
  • Official Letter– This letter was sent to the family to inform them of the location of Joseph gravesite.
  • News Clipping
  • Transcript of Bravery
  • Knights Cross Medal– This medal represents an appointment of a "Knight of  the fourth class of the Militaire Willemsorde". It was awarded by Queen Wilhelmina of the Netherlands to honour Brave Canadians who gave thier lives to liberate the Netherlands. The left is the front of the medal, the right is the back.
  • Knights Cross Diploma
  • Letter of Congratulations
  • DND Reply Letter
  • Letter from the Netherlands Ambassador
  • Letter from DND (1965)
  • Original Citation from the Netherlands
  • Translation of the Original Citation
  • Envelope fron the Netherlands
  • Military Clasp
  • Overseas Bar
  • Photo of John William Campbell
  • Entrance
  • Cemetery
  • Grave Marker
  • Memorial– Netherlands
  • Memorial Plaque– Netherlands
  • Grave marker
  • Grave Marker

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