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   Lieutenant George Richard Colin Campbell
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Dated added: 30/12/2015   Last updated: 23/10/2017
Personal Details
Regiment/Service: Royal Navy (British Navy)
Died: 10/10/1918 (Died at Sea)
Age: 34
Just a month before the war ended, the R.M.S. Leinster, a city of Dublin Steam Packet Company ship, was torpedoed having just left Dun Laoghaire. 501 of the 771 people on board died, including crew, postal workers, civilians, Voluntary Aid Nurses and eight Royal Dublin Fusiliers. Many were Irish men and women returning from leave. In utterly tragic circumstances, Colin Campbell was travelling with his wife Eileen, and their four and a half year old daughter, also named Eileen. All three were lost in the sinking. Eileen Campbell’s body was recovered from the sea with her baby still tightly clutched in her arms.
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Cemetery Details
Cemetery: Grangegorman Miltary Cemetery
  Phoenix Park, Dublin, 5
Grave Ref: CE-Officers-29
CWGC Casualty 899892
Situated on Blackhorse Ave, off Navan Rd, facing the wall of the Phoenix Park, and just up the road from McKee Barracks. This cemetery opened in 1786. In it are buried men who served in the British Forces and their wives and families.
Local Institute / Local Book Details

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1 Cookstown War Dead Book WW1 284
References and Links
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1 1901 Census lists Campbells as visitors 1901 census lists Colin as a visitor, age 14 at house 440 in Waterloo Place, Pembroke West, Dublin
2 1911 Census lists Campbell family 1911 census does not list Colin at house 1 in Drumenagh, Drumaspil, Tyrone
3 Death in the Irish Sea: The circumstances relating to Ireland's greatest maritime disaster
4 Dungannon War Dead Also listed on Dungannon War Dead
5 Photo of Lieut-Commander George R C Campbell's grave
6 Official site of the R.M.S. Leinster Full details of the sinking and commemorations
7 Torpedoed!: the R.M.S. Leinster disaster Book available from Amazon.
8 Torpedoed!: the R.M.S. Leinster disaster Extract from book mentions Lieutenant Campbell on page 256
9 War Graves Photographic Project Photo of Lieut-Comm G R C Campbell's grave can be purchased here
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