Walter Campbell

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Walter Campbell Sapper as born on 14 May 1872. He was the tenth child of fifteen. After a basic education, Walter became a miner working underground in the mines at Sebastopol. He died on 02 February 1917.

Military Experience

There was a big demand for Australian miners to join the British Tunnellers because of the difficulty in tunnelling in blue clay. Ballarat area miners, having great experience in excavating in clay, were sought after by recruiting teams. Walter joined the A.I.F. following a recruitment drive which was undertaken in the last months of 1915, when it became apparent that skilled miners capable of performing underground construction were needed. [1]

Sapper Walter Campbell (2706) enlisted on the 28th of December 1915 aged 42 years and 7 months. Following military training at Broadmeadows he sailed on the City of Edinburgh to Marseilles, disembarking on 17th of May 1916.[2]

He marched into B Depot Etables on the 1st of June 1916. Subsequently, he was attached for duty with the No. 2 Tunnelling Coy. on the 26. 6. 16. before moving into field strength on the 29. 9. 16. On the 18.1.17. Campbell was attached to the 1st Canadian Tunnelling Coy. in the field.[3]

On the 10.2.17. Walter Campbell was admitted to the tenth C.C.S. with pneumonia where he died on the 13.2.1917. The telegram sent to his wife on 18 February 1917 stated he was dangerously ill with pleurisy and had been admitted to hospital.Walter Campbell is buried: Plot X1 Row A Grave 18. Lyjsseathoek, Popperinghe, Belgium.[4]

See also




  1. Notes from Ewen Campbell.
  2. Notes from Ewen Campbell.
  3. Notes from Ewen Campbell.
  4. Notes from Ewen Campbell.

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