Sir William Campbell
General Sir William Pitcairn Campbell
|Born||20 June 1856|
|Died||22 September 1933 (aged 77)|
|Commands held||3rd Brigade|
|Battles/wars||Second Boer War|
World War I
|Awards||Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath|
He was the son of James Pitcairn Campbell and his wife, Eleanor (née Eyre), of Burton Hall, Neston. He had two elder sisters, Eliza and Georgina. He was educated at Windlesham House School, Eton College and the Royal Military College, Sandhurst.
William Campbell was commissioned into the King's Royal Rifle Corps in 1875. He served with the Mounted Infantry Camel Corps in Sudan between 1884 and 1885. His battalion served in South Africa between 1899 and 1901 during the Second Boer War. At the Battle of Talana Hill he was wounded and his commanding officer was killed. As second in command, he took command of his battalion and was part of the garrison besieged at Ladysmith. He was subsequently promoted to Lieutenant Colonel in command of the 1st Battalion on 25 January 1900.
He was appointed Commander 3rd Brigade in 1904 and General Officer Commanding 5th Division in 1909. He moved on to be General Officer Commanding-in-Chief of Southern Command from 1914 and General Officer Commanding-in-Chief of Western Command from 1916; he retired in 1918.
In 1888 a fellow infantry officer, Major Gilbert, who had been serving in India named him as co-respondent in the divorce case against his wife. The following year, he and Edith Gilbert (née Prothero) married and went on to have one daughter. Edith's daughter from her previous marriage later assumed Campbell's surname. Edith died in 1919 and in 1920, aged 63, Campbell married a widow, Marion Bushby Tomlinson.
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