Lieutenant Campbell Greenhill

Biography of Lieutenant Campbell Greenhill

Campbell Greenhill was born on the 4th November 1885 in Garelochhead, Argyllshire, to Robert and Flora. His father graduated with a medical degree two years later in 1887 and practised Medicine in Rutherglen, where the family moved to from their home in Bridgeton. Campbell became a Commercial Traveller and was associated with the University as a member of the University Officers' Training Corps. On the eve of the war he was also a Scoutmaster with the 113th Scout Group.

He enlisted for service with the Lowland Division of the Royal Engineers in Rutherglen on the 14th September 1914 and served as a driver. He was granted a commission in the 12th Bn. Worcestershire Regiment on the 14th May 1915. He was posted to France on the 14th March 1916 and moved to the 3rd Battalion in December.

He was awarded a Military Cross (MC) for his gallant actions on the 2nd/3rd June at Wulverghem, near Messine during preparations for the Battle of Messines Ridge which took place a few days later. He was involved in a raiding and reconnaissance party. The London Gazette recorded this account on 26th July 1917 of the bravery which won him the prized decoration:

"For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty during a raid upon enemy trenches. Finding his party suddenly attacked by a machine gun, he attacked it with bombs down the flank and front, putting it out of action and saving his company from many casualties."

Lieutenant Campbell Greenhill was killed at Zillebeke during the Battle of Passchendaele on the 10th August 1917. His battalion were in reserve but were ordered forward to attack and capture Westhoek. They experienced heavy machine gun fire but still took their objectives and the counter-attacks were repulsed. Lieutenant Campbell Greenhill and 11 others died in this one operation.

He is remembered at the Menin Gate Memorial, Belgium.

Summary

Lieutenant Campbell Greenhill
Rank: Lieutenant
Regiment: 3rd Bn. Worcester Regiment
Degree: N/A
Awards: Military Cross
Comments: Killed in action, 10 August 1917.
Note/Press Clipping: Ch 4/4/2/3/375
Photo ID: Courtesy of the Passchendaele Archives, Zonnebeke, Belgium, from the book, With A Poppy And A Prayer

Sources

University of Glasgow Roll of Honour Records.

Biography: Service information and photograph contributed by Jan Van der Fraenen, The Passchendaele Archives of the Memorial Museum Passchendaele. Photograph from With A Poppy And A Prayer (Officers Died at Passchendaele 31st July - 10th November 1917), by Keith Perry (paperback, 424pp, Naval & Miltary Press Ltd (UK), January 2003, ISBN 1843424991). Additional biographical information contributed by Chris Henzler

Memorial Place: Commonwealth War Graves Commission - Find War Dead

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