Private James Campbell

Private James Campbell

On 4 November 1914, the Paisley Daily Express reported:

HOW MY CHUM DIED

Private James Campbell (29), who resided with his step-father at 2 Barr Street, Paisley was a reservist attached to the Black Watch, and on the outbreak of war joined his regiment, which was sent to the Continent. He was wounded in the Battle of the Aisne and died in Stobhill Hospital, Glasgow on October 23. No information as to the circumstances under which he received his wound could be obtained at the time. That is now available in the story of Private David Rough, 31 Main Street, Cambuslang, who has returned home wounded.

In (the) course of his narrative of his thrilling experiences since the beginning of the war, he said, 'At the Battle of the Aisne, I lost my best and dearest chum, Private James Campbell of Paisley and had a hairbreath escape which I shall never forget. We were defending a position of great importance and Private Campbell who was an experienced soldier, was foremost in the fray. We were fighting side by side when to my horror, he was struck in the right side of the chest. The bullet went right through his body and penetrated my mess-can which was slung at my back. When I recovered from the shock, I hastened to the assistance of my chum who seemed to realise that he had been mortally wounded. He was taken to Glasgow with all possible speed, where he died after undergoing an operation. A pluckier soldier I never met and his death although occasioned in a glorious cause, has left a void in my life.'

James Campbell of Barr Street Paisley killed at the Battle of the Aisne, October 1914
George Street, c.1910, near Barr Street, Paisley