ANGUS CAMPBELL 1877 – 1958

Family Details

Angus was born at Colonsay, Argyleshire, Scotland c.1877 the son of Angus and Christina Campbell.  It is believed that there were at least 10 children:

  • William bc.1865
  • Jane bc.1867
  • Duncan bc. 1869
  • Mary bc.1871
  • Sarah bc.1873
  • John 1875
  • Angus bc.1877
  • Andrew bc. 1879
  • James bc.1880
  • Christina bc.1882

In 1891 the family lived at Coull House, Kilchoman.  By 1901, 24 year old Angus was a medical student living with his brother Duncan at 5 Dumbarton Road, Anderston, Glasgow.  By 1911, Angus Campbell aged 35 worked as a medical practitioner in Evenwood.  He was single and lodged with Robert and Sarah Etherington and their children Violet, Tom, George and Freda at Coronation Terrace, Evenwood.  Prior to this he worked at Billy Row, Crook.  In his daughters’ home (Kathleen McMillan), I recall seeing a framed certificate of gratitude from the local branch of the Durham miners’ union in appreciation of his work.  In 1911, Angus Campbell married Edith Naomi Jane Croll at Berwick. They had 3 children:

  • Elsie born 1912 (Q4)
  • Angus born 14 October 1917
  • Kathleen born 31 March 1919

Military Service

Dr Angus Campbell served as a Captain in the RAMC and attached to the 171st Tunnelling Company, Royal Engineers.  The 1918 Absent Voters List recorded Angus Campbell of 33 Swan Street, Evenwood serving with the 171st Tunnelling Company RE.  The following events were reported in various editions of the Evenwood Parish Magazine:

  • June 1915: enlisted
  • June 1917: on leave
  • July 1917: mentioned in despatches
  • December 1917: on leave
  • February 1918: awarded MC
  • May 1919: on leave
  • June 1919: welcome home Dr Campbell (demobilized) received MC from the King

The 171 Company RE War Diary reports that between 6 November 1917 to 17 February 1918, Capt. A. Campbell was transferred to 173rd Company RE.  Also, 22 March 1918, his leave was cancelled – no doubt the anticipated German offensive meant that all men, especially RAMC officers were required for duty.


Capt. A. CAMPBELL MC RAMC Portrait

Dr A. Campbell RAMC

left: Capt. A. Campbell