Duncan is remembered on the war memorial at Holy Trinity Church, Ipswich.

Photograph and extra information courtesy of Rachael Merrison, Cheltenham College Archive Department www.cheltenhamcollege.org


Born: 4th January 1884, Camberley, Surrey.

Baptised privately 7th March 1884, by F.M. Middleton, of St. Michael’s Church, Camberley. Parents: Charlotte & Donald Archibald Campbell – Major 2nd Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers

Died: 7th June 1917; age: 33; KiA at Messines. Duncan had just carried his wounded orderly to safety through an 8th German Barrage. In returning through it to the ridge he was killed.

Residence: Gothic House, Clare, Suffolk.

Recalled in 1914, and served 2 1/2 years.


Rank: Major.

Regiment: Royal Field Artillery, 112th Brigade.


Medals Awarded: India General Service Medal, Victory, British War & 1915 Star + Military Cross – 2nd January 1917 – Somme. Mentioned in Despatches. The citation reads:
Captain Duncan Donald Heron Campbell, Royal Garrison Artillery (attached 112th Brigade, Royal Field Artillery).
“For conspicuous gallantry when directing the fire of his battery. After his observation post had been destroyed and the infantry near him had withdrawn, he remained for four hours exposed to heavy fire, and successfully cut a wide lane in the enemy’s wire.”


Grave Reference:


St. Quentin Cabaret Military Cemetery,




Relatives Notified & Address: Son of Lt. Col. D.A. Campbell (late Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers), of Wickham Hall, Eye, Suffolk.




Duncan was the sixth successive generation of his family to serve in the Navy or Army.




1891   Stonham Aspall, Suffolk.


Duncan was 7 years old and living with his parents & siblings.

Donald Archibald Campbell, 40, a Lieutenant-Colonel – Infantry, born Bombay, East Indies.

Charlotte Campbell (nee Roberts), 35, born Norwich, Norfolk.

Colin Archibald Heron Campbell, 11, born Portsmouth, Hampshire.

Augusta Charlotte Lorna Campbell, 9, born Ireland.

Victoria Veronica Charlotte Campbell, 4, born Padiham, Lancashire.

1 Teacher Governess to the children.

1 cook.

1 housemaid.


1901   Royal Military Academy, Woolwich, London.


Duncan was 19 years old, a Gentleman Cadet of the Royal Artillery.


1911   Gothic House, Clare, Suffolk.


Duncan was 27 years old, a Lieutenant – 31 Mountain Battery – stationed at India. He was staying with his parents.

Archibald, 60, a retired Army Lieutenant-colonel.

Charlotte, 60.

1 cook.


Duncan attended Cheltenham College, as a Day Boy, he entered September 1898, joining forms 4a Military – Lower 6 Military. Duncan left in July 1900, when he moved on to the Royal Military Academy. He passed from Woolwich to the Royal Artillery in December 1900. In 1908 he served in the Mohmand Campaign, North-West Frontier India with the Native Mountain Artillery.

In 1913 – 1914, he was seconded as an Inspector for the Burma Military Police Artillery, and after a forced march, he received with thanks 40 Sowars from the Burma Government.


Duncan’s father, Donald, of Wickham Hall, Eye, Suffolk, applied for his late son’s medals on the 8th May 1921.

Duncan and his brother has a private memorial within Holy Trinity Church Ipswich Suffolk.

Duncan is also remembered on the war memorial at Cheltenham College, Gloucestershire, and at the Market Square, Clare, and inside St. Peter & St. Paul’s Church, Clare, Suffolk.

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