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- Boer War, Second (1899-1902)
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Addition to family gravestone.
Wigtownshire Free Press (25 July 1901:) Much regret was occasioned in Stranraer on Saturday when it transpired that a telegraph had been received intimating that Corporal Colin Campbell, of Baden-Powell's South African Police, had been killed in action with the Boers in South Africa. The details that have transpired indicate that a party of the Eastern Division of the Constabulary were ambushed at Kalklaagte, near Petrusburg, on Tuesday of last week, with the result that Corporal Campbell and another member were killed, a third dangerously wounded, and seventeen others taken prisoners. Corporal Campbell was a son of the late Patrick Campbell of Belmont, Stranraer, and married a daughter of Mr Hugh Adair, solicitor, Stranraer, who had been residing in the town for some time, and for whom deepest sympathy is expressed in her untimely bereavement. Corporal Campbell joined Baden-Powell's Constabulary on their formation. He is the second member of the family who has met his death in the current war, the first being Sergt Patrick Campbell, of the Imperial Yeomanry, husband of the famous actress. We understand that a third son, Charles, is still with the forces in South Africa.
The other brother who died, Sergt Patrick Campbell, is not named on the gravestone but this report of his death is in the Wigtownshire Free Press (24 May 1900): A Glasgow gentleman has received a letter from a relative holding a responsible position in the Imperial Transport Service at Kimberley, in which the tragic circumstances of the death of Sergeant Patrick Campbell, of the Imperial Yeomanry, son of the late Mr Campbell of Belmont, Stranraer, are described. It appears that at the fight at Boshof, after General Villstein de Mareuil was killed by a piece of shell, the enemy surrendered and raised a white flag. The writer continues: "Patrick Campbell, the actress's husband, and the Yeomanry Sergeant Major went forward to take the surrender, and when within thirty yards of the enemy Campbell was shot right through the head. Lord Chesham, in command, with a squadron of men, then went up and threatened to shoot the whole crowd unless they handed up the man who had shot Campbell. He was promptly given away by his comrades, and taken and shot on the spot - a just reward for his treachery - but poor Campbell has passed the Styx also. All the prisoners taken were Frenchmen, with the exception of one Russian, who stated that he was a Russian Prince, and demanded better treatment than the others. Chesham promptly had him handcuffed and marched off between two n****** [my censorship], just to show our respect for him."
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