Biography

Birth date: 19 July 1887
Birth place: Australia: Victoria, Portland
Death date: 14 July 1915
Death place: Ottoman Empire: Turkey, Gallipoli
Final rank: Captain
Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918
Unit: 8th Australian Light Horse Regiment

Sydney James Campbell was born on 19 July 1887 at Portland, Victoria. He was educated at Geelong Church of England Grammar School, Ormond College and the University of Melbourne.Campbell worked as a medical practitioner in Portland, Victoria before the First World War.

Campbell joined the Australian Infantry Force on 29 November 1914 and was assigned to the 8th Light Horse Regiment. He departed Melbourne with the 8th Light Horse Regiment aboard HMAT Star Of Victoria on 25 February 1915.

Campbell suffered severe shell wounds at ANZAC Cove on 14 July 1915 and died aboard HS Sicilia. Sydney Campbell was buried at sea and is commemorated on the Lone Pine Memorial, Turkey.

Rolls and Awards

Roll of Honour

  • Rank: Captain
  • Date of Death: 14 July 1915
  • Unit: 8th Australian Light Horse Regiment

First World War Embarkation Roll

  • Rank: Captain
  • Date of embarkation: 25 February 1915
  • Place of embarkation: Melbourne

Collection Items

Photograph

J02696

A group of original officers of the 8th Australian Light Horse Regiment taken at Altona Bay, Victoria, where the regiment bivouacked for a week prior to embarkation from Australia for the front. Identified from left to right are: Major (Maj) T Redford, B Squadron; Lieutenant (Lt) M B Higgins, C...

J02696

P10059.001

Studio portrait of Captain (Capt) Sydney James Campbell, 8th Light Horse Regiment (LHR) from Portland, Victoria. A 27 year old medical practitioner prior to receiving a commission in the AIF, he embarked for overseas with the Headquarters staff from Melbourne on 25 February 1915 aboard HMAT Star of...

P10059.001

Private Record

Campbell, Sydney James (Captain, b.1887 - d.1915)

Collection relating to the service of Captain Sydney James Campbell, AAMC, Australia, at sea, Egypt, Gallipoli, 1915. Collection consists of a studio portrait of Captain Campbell and two negatives; seven snapshots depicting Australian soldiers loading horses onto a ship; twelve annotated sketches... Maker: Campbell, Sydney James

PR88/102 (With records)

Merrington, Ernest Northcroft (Chaplain Colonel, b.1876 - d.1953)

Collection relating to the service of Chaplain Ernest Northcroft Merrington, Gallipoli, 1915. Collection consists of typescript extracts from Merrington's diary, supplemented by comments added by Merrington at a later date. The extracts relate to his time on Gallipoli, from 12 May 1915 to 27... Maker: Merrington, Ernest Northcroft

1DRL/0496

Redford, Thomas Harold (Major, b.1880 - d.1915)

Collection relating to the service of Major Thomas Harold Redford, 8 Light Horse Regiment, AIF, Australia, at sea, Egypt, Gallipoli, 1914-1915. Collection consists of a photostat copy of a diary kept by Major Redford from September 1914 to August 1915 and a typescript transcription of this diary. ... Maker: McGrath, William

PR85/064

Digitised Collection

Records of Sydney James Campbell, 1911-1944

Miscellaneous records relating to the First World War service of Captain Sydney James Campbell, 8th Light Horse Regiment, AAMC. These items date from 1911-1944 and include correspondence, photographs and diary entries. Campbell writes of his homesickness, and conditions at Gallipoli. This file also...

RCDIG0000294

Diary of Sydney James Campbell, 3 March 1915 - 11 May 1915

Diary relating to the First World War service of Captain Sydney James Campbell, 8th Light Horse Regiment. This diary covers the period from 3 March 1915-11 May 1915, and covers daily life on-board HMAT Star of Victoria. Campbell also mentions a mascot joey kangaroo, and describes his procedure for...

RCDIG0000295

Pocket diary of Sydney James Campbell, May-July 1915

Pocket diary relating to the First World War service of Captain Sydney James Campbell, 8th Light Horse Regiment. This diary covers the period from May-July 1915.

RCDIG0000296

Timeline

Date of birth 1887-07-19
Date of embarkation 1915-02-25
Date of death 1915-07-14