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Rifleman Joseph Campbell

Royal Irish Rifles
36th Ulster Division
c1914


with his son William Campbell.

 

Young William was brought up with his aunt and uncle as his mother died when he was young and his Dad, Joseph went off to war.

 

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Nov.2007, extract from email,  William Rodgers, Belfast, Ulster.
The wee boy is my granda William Campbell my mums daddy, he is pictured with his father - my great granda. Picture was taken about 1914, Rifleman Joseph Campbell of the Royal Irish Rifles, 36th Ulster Division.. He is also pictured below with his comrades.

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Royal Irish Rifles, 36th Ulster Division       c1918      

 ....... a pic from 1918,  Joe Campbell going from left to centre is the 4th soldier,
he has a moustache & has his arms folded standing in font of the guy in a white shirt.

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 Nov.2007, Webmaister.
I first went to Belfast as a 12yr old wee boy in 1965 to watch Northern Ireland v Scotland and I stayed with Mr William Campbell  ( the wee boy in the photo above ) and his wife. A nicer couple I couldn't have hoped to meet they became my 'Mammy & Daddy' in  Ulster and I loved them dearly.

To this day I have kept in contact with the wider family and anytime we meet up its as 'family', sadly like all families nowadays we don't see enough of each other. 

Mr. & Mrs Campbell had a son and two daughters, sadly their son Billy died but daughters Violet & Ann are both married with sons.  I am delighted that young William Rodgers sent me these photos of his Granda & Great Granda to share this stor
y..Webmaister
   Belfast 1965 that's me 1st left with the snazzy coat!! ( My Mammy kept me nice !! )


 


 

 


Military LOL 862 before the battle of the Somme
 
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L.O.L.862 after the Battle of the Somme had decimated their ranks

 

It is estimated that in excess of 200,000 Orangemen from across the world saw service during the first War some 80,000 from Canada alone. This has been described as Orangeism's greatest triumph and its heaviest defeat. Triumph in the number of volunteers who joined the war effort but defeat in that the Institution lost so many of its young men.

 

Battle of the Somme


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The Battle of the Somme, fought in the summer and autumn of 1916, was one of the largest battles of the 1st World War. With more than one million casualties, it was also one of the bloodiest battles in human history. The Allied forces attempted to break through the German lines along a 25-mile (40 km) front north and south of the River Somme in northern France. One purpose of the battle was to draw German forces away from the Battle of Verdun; however, by its end the losses on the Somme had exceeded those at Verdun.

 

 

 

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