Thomas Alphonsus CAMPBELL

CAMPBELL, Thomas Alphonsus

Service Number: Chaplain
Enlisted: Not yet discovered
Last Rank: Captain (Chaplain)
Last Unit: Chaplains
Born: Hollywood, Ireland, 27 November 1871
Home Town: Wendouree, Ballarat North, Victoria
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Catholic Priest
Died: Natural causes, Townsville, Queensland, 21 January 1949, aged 77 years
Cemetery: Not yet discovered
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World War 1 Service

16 Jul 1915: Embarked Chaplains, HMAT Demosthenes, Melbourne
16 Jul 1915: Involvement 2nd AIF WW 2, Chaplain 4/c, Chaplains, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
17 Jul 1915: Embarked AIF WW1, Captain (Chaplain) , SN Chaplain, Chaplains, HMAT Orsova, Melbourne
17 Jul 1915: Involvement Chaplains

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Biography contributed by Faithe Jones

Death of Rev. Thomas Campbell, C.SS.R.
The death of Rev. Thomas Campbell, C.SS.R., will sadden many hearts throughout Australia and New Zealand. Fr. Campbell had been attached to the Redemptorist house in Townsville for the past two years. On Friday, January 21, he collapsed suddenly, was anointed, and the following day passed to his reward at the age of 77, and in the 53rd year of his priesthood. At the time of his death, Fr. Campbell was the oldest redemptorist in Australasia. Shortly after his arrival in Australia from his native Ireland, he was appointed, in 1911, to teach in the Redemptorist Juniorate in Ballarat, which had been established the previous year. At the outbreak of hostilities in 1914, Fr. Campbell put on the uniform of a chaplain priest, and completed his service with the rank of lieutenant-colonel, after gruelling experiences in the battle areas. The Second World War found him again eager for chaplain service, and, despite his advanced age, he  interest in their spiritual welfare, an interest which overflowed into their temporal difficulties. Part of his service was spent on the hospital ship, Orange. He was appointed for the same service on-the ill-fated Centaur. He was advised to travel by rail from the south and board the ship in Brisbane. He followed this advice, and so was providentially spared the ensuing disaster. It was Fr. Campbell's unique privilege to celebrate his golden jubilee of priesthood while still in uniform. Surely a symbol of his entire life; for he lived in the spirit of a crusader, in arms for Christ, and the kingdom of Christ.

Advocate Thursday 17 February 1949 page 7