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William Franklin Campbell


Lieutenant-Commander, O-11898, RCNVR


Born: 28 Oct 1906, Shelbourne, Dufferin Co., Ontario


Died: 06 Feb 1943 at sea


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CAMPBELL, William Franklin, LCdr, RCNVR, MPK - 06 Feb 1943, HMCS LOUISBURG - son of Edward Cassidy and Mary Campbell; husband of Freda Margaret Campbell, all of Toronto, ON.


William Campbell Enlisted in the navy in 1922 and served on several ships including HMCS Skeena before WWII and HMCS Assiniboine in the early stages. He took command of HMCS Louisburg in 1940. Killed in action at sea on 6th February 1943 when the ship was sunk by an enemy torpedo bomber off Oran. From Grand Valley, Ontario, son of Edward and Mary Campbell. He was married to Freda Leckie in 1939 and had one son Lt Colonel (Ret'd) Edward Campbell of the Canadian Army.


"He has two grandsons, one, also named William Franklin Campbell, is, at the time of writing, a Lieutenant Commander in the R.C.N. and Executive Officer of a warship in the Atlantic Fleet." Frank was born at Shelbourne, Dufferin, Ontario, completed an arts degree at the University of Saskatchewan in 1926 and was working as a salesman for Imperial Oil when he enlisted two years later 1928." (Ultimate Sacrifice by Robert D'Aoust)


Ships served in:

HMCS VANCOUVER - Served in Vancouver for training 03 Jan 1933 - 03 Mar 1933

HMCS SKEENA - Served in Skeena for training 01 Jan 1938 - 18 Apr 1938

HMCS ASSINIBOINE - Served in Assiniboine 22 Sep 1940 - 19 Jul 1941

HMCS LOUISBURG - Appointed to Louisburg 19 Jul 1941 as LCdr, RCNVR, CO, Stand by. Re-appointed 02 Oct 1941 as LCdr, RCNVR, Commanding Officer


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(1-2) Certificate of Service  (3) Training and Active Service summary  (4) Report of Death



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