Diamond War Memorial Project

Sergeant Thomas Campbell

9th Battalion Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers Regimental Number 25717
Born: ---- Died: 1916-10-13 Aged: 24 Enlisted: Londonderry

Interred in Pond Farm Cemetery, Heuvelland, West Vlaanderen, Belgium. Name recorded on All Saints'Church (Church of Ireland), Clooney Parish 1914-18 Roll of Honour. Name also commemorated on the Diamond War Memorial.

Third son of Thomas and Ellen Campbell, 4, Maple Street, Waterside, Londonderry.

In a letter of condolence Lieutenant Colonel Ricardo said Sergeant Campbell was killed whilst on his first tour of duty in the trenches. He was a member of Coronation Loyal Orange Lodge 1062 and of the City Regiment U.V.F.

Shortly after his death, the family of Sergeant Thomas Campbell had the following lines placed in a Londonderry newspaper:

'In the bloom of his youth God took him,

In the pride of his manhood days;

To know him was to love him,

None mentioned his name but with praise.

Safe in his Redeemer's care,

O Heavenly Father, to Thy will we bow.'

One year later, on the first anniversary of the death of Thomas Campbell, his Father, Mother, Sisters and Brothers inserted the following lines in a Derry newspaper:

'God is good, He will give us strength

To bear our heavy cross;

He is the only One who knows

How bitter was our loss.'