Ensign William Campbell
American War of Independence
Campbell was mortally wounded by sniper fire and buried in an unmarked grave at Pruden Street, West Haven, Connecticut, during Tryon’s Raid, in 1779.
Just prior to his death, he ensured a local pastor Reverend Williston who was about to be executed by the British was treated for his leg wound and Campbell spared the town from being pillaged and fire. As a result a local proclamation to honour him was issued.
It is interesting that Campbell appears to have been the first officer of the Regiment commissioned from the ranks – in 1777. The Commissioning Book misses a number of people out at that time and he’s one. It seems to have become much more systematic from the Napoleonic era onwards. But it does look as though he was promoted in the field, to judge from the dates
|Country||Location||Name of Memorial||Campaign||Names||Date(s)|
|USA||West Haven, Connecticut, USA||Westhaven Connecticut Memorial to William Campbell||American War of Independence
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