However his uniform badges are RFA Royal Field Artillery. I have a postcard photo of him on his or a horse and one in front of his bell tent at Buddon Camp near Carnoustie in what is now Angus, Scotland.
Written on the back of the Horse photo is 10927, Campbell, 3 and what looks like "Sum Rifles".
The Bell tent photo has 5th D'ham (and what could be) How? (Howitzer?). John's job at Buddon was the Camp Officers Servant. Said it was best job.
In November of 1915 he sent a postcard with a Punch cartoon to his Brother my G/F. thanking him for sending some smokes. This was postmarked Field Post Office 149. Any info, as where that could have been.
I am trying to determine which regiment/s, battalion he was with and where.
He survived WW1, maybe that is due to being a Gunner in 1911, when he volunteered 1914/1915 he was again put into the RFA and attached to an infantry unit.
As he was about 6' 4" tall he would not have lasted long as an infantry man in the front line.
The other thing is that in my G/F house there were 2 about 4 - 6" shell casings and also an Ashtray with legs and decoration of .303 rounds deactivated plus other bits.
I am sure that he was near Ypres at one point due to other postcards.
The DLI and Northumberland Fusiliers shared the barracks at Fenham.
Having survived WW1 he was an Insurance Agent by 1939 living at 70 Victoria Road East. and a Special Constable.
In 1945 and maybe before that, he appears to have been in Sierra Leone. From others on the board earlier in the year it was thought that he could have been working in Freetown, that being one of the Convoy ships repair, stopping point, assembly ports.
This job could have been due to John having worked in Leslie's before WW1 a caulker, Ex Army and being an insurance Agent. His job there may never be known. I assume that he may of volunteered or was called up. Anyone any knowledge on what may have happened.
Thanks for reading this. Its one of the Family Conundrums.
Any help would be appreciated Allan Campbell
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