Edgar  John Campbell.

Edgar John enlisted in the H C B from No. 1 Princess Street, Huntingdon, the first record of him being in the H C B was in October 1914 when he was noted as being a Private being promoted to Sergeant. 

He went to France in 1916.  Later records track in to the Worcestershire Regiment - Regimental number 42696.  No further information is available as to his records in this unit.  He also served as Pte. 27380 in the Bedfordshire Regiment.

Local newspapers indicate that he was twice wounded - these entries appearing on the 15/12/1916 and the 17/8/1917.  The type of wound is not recorded.

Local newspaper - source unknown - dated 17/8/1917 'Huntingdon Man Second Time Wounded' - 'Pte. Edgar Campbell, son of Mrs. Campbell, Princess Street, Huntingdon, is officially reported wounded, and is in hospital in Boulogne.  Private Campbell mobilised with the Cyclists at the outbreak of the war, and was in a draft that went to France last year.  On his period of service terminating, he rejoined the Army and was in the Worcesters.  This is the second time he has been wounded.'

His name, like that of his brother, is recorded on the Trinity Church Sunday School Roll of Honour at Huntingdon.

Local newspaper entries indicate that by 17th October 1914 Private E. J. Campbell had been promoted to the rank of Sergeant at the time it was indicated that he was serving in A Company.

Many thanks for additional information, and photograph of Edgar kindly provided  by Gerald Campbell, who was the son of Edgar John Campbell.

. Edgar had a brother Colin John who also served in the H C B.

If you can help with any data on this Huntingdonshire Cyclist please contact me at huntscycles@btinternet.com

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09/04/2012

. . Martyn Smith