Sunday, 19 October 2014

Alexander Campbell: Ottawa WW1 Beechwood burial

This day a century ago, 19 October 1914, saw the death of the second Ottawa soldier to be recorded in the Commonwealth War Graves Commission database as buried at Beechwood Cemtery.

The article in The Ottawa Citizen of 19 October mentions his residence as 190 Bayswater Ave. He had proceeded to Valcartier, became ill with bronchitis and returned to Ottawa. Cause of death was "cerebrial haemorrhage."

According to the CWGC site Captain Alexander Campbell, age 39, was "the son of the William James and Sarah Jane Campbell, of 510, Cooper St., Ottawa and husband of Ellen Margaret Campbell of 855 Carling Avenue, Ottawa." The latter address is that of the widow on the Circumstances of Death document.

He is buried in lot 72. North-West part. Sec. 29 at Beechwood Cemetery. There is a family gravemarker with his parents and wife which reads
Capt Alexander CAMPBELL BSc born Sept 14th 1875 died Oct 19th 1914. To the side is a maple leaf-military stone with information that he was with the Canadian Engineers CEF.

Further information on Campbell and other CEF soldiers with an Ottawa connection will appear in the December issue of Anglo-Celtic Roots.

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