Corporal Shoeing Smith William John Campbell


The background of this North Irish Horseman is not clear. It is likely that he was either the William Campbell born on 9 March 1895 at Magherasaul, Clough, County Down, the first or second of three children of farmer Robert Campbell and his wife Mary Jane (nee Morrison), or the William John Campbell born on 25 September 1895 at Aughlisnafin, Clough, County Down, the fifth of seven children of blacksmith Edward Campbell and his wife Mary Jane (nee Robinson).

Campbell enlisted in the North Irish Horse between 12 and 20 February 1914 (No.905 – later Corps of Hussars No.71154). He embarked for France with A Squadron on 17 August 1914, seeing action on the retreat from Mons and advance to the Aisne.

Campbell remained with the regiment throughout the war. On 5 March 1919 he was demobilised and transferred to Class Z, Army Reserve.

Records suggest that he later emigrated to the USA.