Campbell Greenhill MC
Date of Death: 10/08/1917
Regiment/Service: Worcestershire Regiment
Memorial: Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial
Additional information: Son of Dr. Robert Greenhill of 1 Rodger Drive, Rutherglen.
Rutherglen Lore information: Son of Dr. R Greenhill of 1 Rodger Drive, Rutherglen.
Soldier’s Effects information: Executor Miss Hilda Grace Hamilton Greenhill.
Glasgow University information: Campbell Greenhill was born on 4th November 1885 in Garelochhead, Argyll 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 14th September 1914 and served as a driver. He was granted a commission in the 12th Worcestershire Regiment on 14th May 1915. He was posted to France on 14th March 1916 and moved to the 3rd Battalion in December.
He was awarded a Military Cross (MC) for his gallant actions on 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.”
He was killed at Zillebeke during the Battle of Passchendaele on 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. Campbell Greenhill and 11 others died in this one operation.
1901 census information:
Address: 556 Dalmarnock Road, Bridgeton.
Father: Robert (43) physician and surgeon, born about 1858 in Glasgow.
Mother: Flora (45) born about 1856 in Glasgow.
Self: Campbell (16) born about 1885 in Garelochhead.
Brother: Cecil (12) born about 1889 in Glasgow.
Sister: Hilda (9) born about 1892 in Glasgow.
Brother: Thomas (2) born about 1899 in Dunoon.
*Campbell Greenhill is also commemorated on the 113th Scout Group War Memorial.