Name of Researcher / Enw’r ymchwylydd: Mavis Williams
Name of Memorial / Enw’r gofeb: Connahs Quay
Name / Enw: Campden, William Henry
Regiment/Catrawd: 9th Bn Royal Welsh Fusiliers (formerly Army Cyclist Corps).
Service Rank and Number / Rheng gwasanaeth a rhif: Private 46221 (formerly 3534)
Military Cemetery/Memorial / Fynwent milwrol: Bailleul Communal Cemetery Extension (Nord)
Ref No Grave or Memorial / Rhif cyfeirnod bedd: III. B 50
Country of Cemetery or Memorial / Gwlad y fynwent neu gofeb: France
Medals Awarded / Medalau a ddyfarnwyd: Victory, British War and 1915 Star medals
Date of Death: 7th April 1917
Date and Circumstances of Death / Dyddiad ac amgylchiadau marwolaeth:
Died of wounds 7th April 1917
William Henry Camden was the older brother of Thomas Campden who also died in the war and is listed on the Connah’s Quay Memorial. Thomas has his own page on this website. Follow the link to read the identical early biographical details.
UK soldiers who died n the Great War 1914-19 accessible on www.ancestry.co.uk gives us William’s regimental details as above and tells us that he enlisted in Shotton and that he ‘died of wounds’
It is William’s medal card that gives us the information that he was formerly in the Army Cylists Corps.it also tells us that his first Theatre of War was France and that he entered it on 17th July 1915.
William Campden in the UK, Army Registers of Soldiers’ Effects, 1901-1929 tells us that the sole Legatee was his mother Harriet E. Campden who was paid £5. 0s 0d on the 4th July 1917 and his War Gratuity of £12. 0s 0d on the 17th October 1919. Within 4 months poor Harriet was to lose anther son Thomas,
He has a card in the Flintshire Roll of Honour at the County Archive Office in Hawarden. It was completed and signed by his mother, Mrs H Campden, who signed both her son’s cards on the 4th January 1921 and lived at 53 Brook Road, Shotton. It says he served for 3 years.
William is mentioned in the book ” Soldiers Died in the Great War 1914 – 1919 Royal Welsh Fusiliers Volume 28″.
William is mentioned on the Hawarden War Memorial and he and his brother Thomas. Campden are also mentioned on the Memorial Screen in St. Ethelwold’s Church, Shotton. Please click on the link to see Thomas Campden’s story.