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William Lorne McKenzie Campbell
Male 1879 - 1908


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  • Birth  19 Aug 1879  , Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2, 3
    Gender  Male 
    Occupation  1901  Wellesley Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Farmer Son 
    Misfortune  1908  Crosshill, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    drowned 
    Eby ID Number  Waterloo-49726P 
    Died  24 May 1908  Crosshill, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [3, 4
    Cause: drowned 
    Buried  Rushes Cemetery, Wellesley Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Person ID  I49726  Generations
    Last Modified  14 Mar 2017 

    Father  John H. Campbell,   b. 24 Jan 1843, , Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 2 Jan 1926 
    Mother  Bethea Scott,   b. 19 Oct 1845, , Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Sep 1912, Wellesley Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID  F12927  Group Sheet

  • Notes 
    • DROWNED IN CROSSHILL
      William Campbell Loses His Life While Bathing.- Close Call For Charles Burkitt.


      A terrible fatality occurred at Crosshill on Sunday afternoon last by which Mr. William Campbell, only son of J. H. Campbell, Esq. lost his life, and a companion narrowly escaped a similar fate.

      A party consisting of Messrs Art. Rennie, Geo. Richardson, Walter Barnaby, Chas. Burkitt and Will Campbell walked over to a small pool of water on the boundary between W. Wilford and E. Playford's farms, just east of the village. Campbell and Burkett stripped and went in to enjoy a bathe, the other young men remaining on the shore. Burkett swam across the pond. When Campbell who was only half way across called to him for assistance and he immediately swam to Campbell. Those on the shore apparently did not realize that their companions were struggling with death until Chas. Burkett left his friend made for the shore calling to those looking on to help. A fence rail was extended to him by which he assisted himself nearly to shore when he sank exhausted in about one foot of Water from which he was easily rescued. Meantime poor Campbell had sank in about five feet of water only 12 or 15 feet from shore. Campbell undoubtedly was taken with cramps as he was a strong swimmer and could easily have waded to shore. It was about an hour before his body was brought to land.

      Dr. Glaister had been telephoned for and on his arrival attended to Burkett who was in a critical condition for a time but is now about recovered. William Lorne McKenzie Campbell. who was nearing his 30th year, was young man of good qualities and was widely popular among all the people of this section, and his untimely death has caused profound sorrow and sympathy for the bereaved family. Deceased was chief Ranger of the Crosshill Lodge, (No. 335) C. O. F. and the remain [sic] were interred in Rush's cemetery on Tuesday afternoon by the brethren in the presence of a vast concourse of people, many of whom came from long distances to be present.1a

      1aWellesley Maple Leaf, May 28, 1908

      Obituary is supplied by the Wellesley Township Heritage and Historical Society Click here to go to their website.

  • Sources 
    1. [S160] Census - ON, Waterloo, Wellesley Twp. - 1901, Wellesley E-4 Page 1.

    2. [S113] Census - ON, Waterloo, Wellesley Twp. - 1881, Division 3 Page 1.

    3. [S241] Cemetery - ON, Waterloo, Wellesley - Rushes CC#4536 Internet Link.
      William L. McK. Campbell/ Died May 24, 1908/ Aged 28 yrs. 9 mos./ Bethea Scott/ Beloved wife of/ J. H. Campbell/ Died Sept. 26, 1912/ Aged 66 yrs. 11 mos. 7 dys./ John H. Campbell/ Died Jan. 2, 1926/ In his 84th year/ Campbell

    4. [S2191] News - ON, Waterloo, Wellesley - Wellesley Maple Leaf, Drowned in Crosshill - May 28, 1908.

  • Event Map
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    Link to Google MapsBirth - 19 Aug 1879 - , Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Farmer Son - 1901 - Wellesley Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMisfortune - drowned - 1908 - Crosshill, Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - Cause: drowned - 24 May 1908 - Crosshill, Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
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