Canadian Virtual War Memorial

Frederick William Campbell

In memory of:

Captain Frederick William Campbell

June 19, 1915

Military Service






Canadian Infantry (Western Ontario Regiment)


1st Battalion


An extract from the London Gazette, No. 29272, dated August 20, 1915, records the following:
For most conspicuous bravery on 15th June, 1915, during the action at Givenchy. Lt. Campbell took two machine-guns over the parapet, arrived at the German first line with one gun, and maintained his position there, under very heavy rifle, machine-gun and bomb fire, notwithstanding the fact that almost the whole of his detachment had then been killed or wounded. When our supply of bombs had become exhausted, this officer advanced his gun still further to an exposed position, and, by firing about 1,000 rounds, succeeded in holding back the enemy's counter-attack. This very gallant officer was subsequently wounded, and has since died. South African Medal with four Bars.

Honours and Awards:

Victoria Cross

Additional Information


June 15, 1869
Mount Forest, Ontario

Only son of Ephraim B. and Esther A. Hunt Campbell, of Mount Forest, Ontario.

Husband of Margaret Annie Campbell, of Mount Forest, Ontario.

A Militia soldier of the 30th Wellington Rifles, Campbell served in the South African War with the 2nd (Special Service) Battalion, The Royal Canadian Regiment.

Commemorated on Page 8 of the First World War Book of Remembrance. Request a copy of this page.

Frederick William Campbell is a recipient of the Victoria Cross.
Complete list of Canadian Victoria Cross Recipients

Burial Information


Pas de Calais, France

Grave Reference:

II. A. 24.


Boulogne-sur-Mer is a large Channel port. Boulogne Eastern Cemetery, one of the town cemeteries, lies in the district of St Martin Boulogne, just beyond the eastern (Chateau) corner of the Citadel (Haute-Ville).

The cemetery is a large civil cemetery, split in two by the Rue de Dringhen, just south of the main road (RN42) to St Omer. The Commonwealth War Graves plot is located down the western edge of the southern section of the cemetery, with an entrance in the Rue de Dringhen. Unusually, the headstones are laid flat in this cemetery. This is due to the sandy soil. Car parking is available along the Rue de Dringhen.

Visiting Information
This Cemetery is open 7 days a week, all year round.
From 1 October to 15 March: 08.00 - 18.00
From 16 March to 30 September: 08.00 - 19.00

Wheelchair access to this cemetery is possible with some difficulty. For further information regarding wheelchair access, please contact our Enquiries Section on telephone number 01628 507200.

Information courtesy of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

Digital Collection

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  • Group Photo– Frederick Campbell & Jim Corley
  • Newspaper clipping– Submitted for the project Operation Picture Me
  • Newspaper clipping– Submitted for the project Operation Picture Me
  • Photo of Fred. W. Campbell– Lieutenant Fred. W. Campbell
  • Photo of Frederick William Campbell– From an official group portrait of the officers of the 1st Canadian Battalion (Western Ontario) taken at Bustard Camp, Salisbury Plain in December 1914.
  • Attestation Paper (front)
  • Attestation Paper (back)
  • Historical Report
  • Historical Report
  • Medical records
  • Service Records (front)– Casualty Form - Active Service
  • Service Records (back)– Casualty Form - Active Service
  • Award Citation
  • Circumstances of Death Registers– Source: Library and Archives Canada.  CIRCUMSTANCES OF DEATH REGISTERS, FIRST WORLD WAR Surnames:  Cabana to Campling. Microform Sequence 17; Volume Number 31829_B016726. Reference RG150, 1992-93/314, 161.  Page 685 of 1024
  • Press clipping– This account published in 1917 in 'Canada in Khaki' magazine honours the heroism of Captain F. W. Campbell, V.C. The magazine was published for the Canadian War Records Office by the Montreal Star Publishing Co. Ltd., with net profits going to the Canadian War Memorials Fund.
  • Newspaper Clipping– Newspaper article - From the Farm to Fame - chronology of the life of Lt. Frederick William Campbell, Victoria Cross recipient.
  • Memorial– Photo from the National Memorial Album of Canadian Heroes c.1919. Submitted for the project, Operation: Picture Me.
  • Photo of FREDERICK WILLIAM CAMPBELL– Photo from the National Memorial Album of Canadian Heroes c.1919. Submitted for the project, Operation: Picture Me.
  • Newspaper Clipping– From the Toronto Star. Submitted for the project, Operation: Picture Me
  • Cenotaph– Barrie Military Park, Victoria. Cross Recipients, Cenotaph
  • Gravemarker

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