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Campbell Throsby

Campbell Throsby


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Serial No. 390

7th Light Horse Regiment


Campbell Throsby - Information

Campbell Throsby was born in Liverpool c1883 to Archer and Margaret Throsby. The Throsbys came to the Campbelltown area, where Campbell attended Campbelltown Grammar School. He also attended Hawkesbury Agricultural College and began supporting himself as a Station Manager and overseer in Queensland. When the war began, Campbell was visiting his family in Liverpool, when he decided to join up. At the age of 31, he enlisted in the Light Horse at Rose Hill Camp on the 13th of October 1914. Campbell was made a Trooper with the 7th Light Horse Regiment. He was then ordered overseas for war service, leaving Sydney on the 20th of December 1914 on the HMAT Ayrshire.

Campbell landed in Egypt and spent some time training. Operations in the Dardanelles were not going as planned. Light Horse units were then mustered to reinforce the infantry on the Peninsula. Campbell arrived at Gallipoli in August. However, shortly after he arrived, he started to feel ill. On the 6th of September, he was admitted to the 1st Casualty Clearing Station, and then the 25th Casualty Clearing Station on Imbros Island. He was then moved to the 16th Stationary Hospital at Mudros, on Lemnos Island, with severe dysentery. In mid January 1916, he was transferred to a hospital in Alexandria. He was still suffering from dysentery, high fever and dehydration. By the end of February, he was dangerously ill and delirious with fever. Sadly, Campbell then died from this prolonged illness on the 29th of February 1916. He was buried at the Old Cairo Cemetery, now known as the Cairo War Memorial and Cemetery, in Egypt. Campbell's name is also recorded on a plaque at Dredge's Cottage on Queen St in Campbelltown.