Lawrence Gordon CAMPBELL

CAMPBELL, Lawrence Gordon

Service Number: 435332
Enlisted: 22 April 1943
Last Rank: Leading Aircraftman
Last Unit: Not yet discovered
Born: Rockhampton Central, Queensland, Australia, 16 March 1925
Home Town: Rockhampton, Rockhampton, Queensland
Schooling: Leichhardt Ward State School; Rockhampton State High School
Occupation: Bank Staff
Died: Accidental, Port Pirie, South Australia, Port Pirie, South Australia, Australia, 31 December 1944, aged 19 years
Cemetery: Port Pirie General Cemetery, South Australia
Plot C. Row C. Grave 12., Port Pirie General Cemetery, Port Pirie, South Australia, Australia
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, City of Townsville WW2 HR, Port Pirie RAAF Avro Anson MG217 Crash Site, Port Pirie RAAF Memorial and Flagpoles
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World War 2 Service

3 Sep 1939: Involvement 435332
22 Apr 1943: Enlisted Royal Australian Air Force, Leading Aircraftman, 435332

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Biography contributed by Faithe Jones

Son of James Vernon Campbell and Sarah Rachel Campbell, of Greenslopes, Queensland.


Mr and Mrs J. V. Campbell, Oakley Street, Wandal, Rockhampton, have been advised that their son Lawrence Gordon Campbell, member of the RAAF, lost his life as the result of an aircraft accident at Port Pirie, South Australia, on Sunday last. A native of Rockhampton, he was educated at the Leichhardt Ward State School and the Rockhampton State High School. As a student at the latter school he passed his Senior University examination at the age of 16½. Prior to his enlistment at 18 he was a member of the Commonwealth Bank staff. His many friends in Rockhampton will regret to hear of his untimely end and the deepest sympathy will be extended to his parents in their irreparable loss. He was accorded an RAAF funeral at Port Pirie yesterday.


Biography contributed by David Barlow

Loss of Avro Anson MG217 of Number 3 Air Observer School near Port Pirie, SA - killed were: Leading Aircraftman Lawrence Gordon Campbell 435332 / Leading Aircraftman Robert Bruce McCallum 438964 / Flying Officer Sven Robert Polgreen 416282 (Flying Officer Polgreen had twice served overseas flying on operations against the enemy prior to being posted to this training role)


The aircraft’s pilot, Flight Sergeant Mervyn John Kinsman 441283, survived the crash with serious injuries.  He was eventually discharged from the RAAF in October 1945