2nd Lieutenant William Campbell, of 9th Royal Scots,was born in 1895 in Edinburgh. Williams Grandparents lived in Cramond, in the Parish of Dalmeny and William is commemorated on both the Cramond and Dalmeny War Memorials.
He was in George Heriots Cadet Corps for a year before enlisting into the 9th Royal Scots Reserves in 1910, and continued on in the regular army from 1914. He landed in France in 1916 as part of the 51st Highland Division.
William participated in the Battle of Pilem, 31st July – 2nd August 1917, a phase of The 3rd Battle of Ypres. It was here he was killed in action on 31.7.1917, aged 22.
William is buried in Grave Ref: lll. K. 34. Essex Farm Cemetery, Leper, West Vlaanderen, Belgium
He was awarded the British War Medal, the Victory Medal and the Military Cross. This decoration was awarded to William Campbell for an act or acts of exemplary gallantry during active operations against the enemy.
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