The George Campbell the researcher was looking for enlisted with the 1st Light Horse Regiment in Sydney on 18 October 1914, earning himself the enviably low service number of 43. Private Campbell departed from Australia two days after enlisting aboard the HMAT Star of Victoria.
He served in the Middle East and eventually returned to Australia in December 1918 having attained the rank of Lieutenant. Born in Cowra, NSW, in 1890, Campbell was the son of John Gavin Campbell, a local pastoralist.
George was named for his grandfather, the first Mayor of Cowra, a former MLA and MLC, who had held extensive squatting runs in the area.
He resided in various regions of Sydney’s North Shore from about 1937 to 1963, including 51 Bobbin Head Road, Turramurra in 1949.
The George Campbell of Duntroon mentioned in the 1876 article has no apparent familial link to Lt Campbell but he did provide us with an amusing diversion.
I wonder if this George Campbell ever envisaged what a scourge of our river systems this fish would become!