Colin Douglas Campbell (1891 - 1944)

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Colin Douglas Campbell
1891 - 1944
Muar in Johore County
Colin Douglas Campbell was born in 1891 at Muar in Johore County to John Colin Campbell and Elizabeth Gray, and had siblings Grace Goldie, Florence Maie Gordon, Jean Gallimore, Dolly Miller, Claude, and John Edward. He married Anne Barbara McGrillen, and had children Colin Bernard Barney, John Douglas, and Marguerite. Colin Campbell died at age 52 years old in 1944, and was buried at Sumatra in Malaya.
Updated: March 5, 2015
Biography ID: 163763399

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Muar in Johore County
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Malayan Volunteer

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Rank: Civilian Regiment: Civilian War Dead
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Beriberi, dysentery, starvation, died as civilian internee of Japanese Imperial Army
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Sumatra in Malaya
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Always remembered, a kind and gentle man. Peace that shall build a glad new world.

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Colin Douglas Campbell lived 18 years shorter than the average Campbell family member when he died at the age of 53.
The average age of a Campbell family member is 71.

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The Muntok Peace Museum in memory of all of those who suffered in and near Muntok is currently under construction and will open in September 2015, 70 years after the liberation of the prison camps in Sumatra.

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1891 - 1944 World Events

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In 1891, in the year that Colin Douglas Campbell was born, on June 25th, in the July issue of The Strand Magazine in London, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's character Sherlock Holmes appeared in a series of short stories for the first time. Doyle eventually wrote 4 novels and 56 short stories with Holmes as the main character.

In 1901, he was merely 10 years old when Teddy Roosevelt became the 26th President of the United States. TR, as he was known, had been Vice-President for 6 months when President William McKinley was assassinated. At age 42, he became the youngest President to serve although John Kennedy, at age 43, was the youngest President elected. He was a popular progressive and was elected to a second term in 1904 as a Republican, winning 56.4% of the popular vote and 336 electoral votes.

In 1923, at the age of 32 years old, Colin was alive when on August 2nd, Calvin Coolidge was sworn in as the 30th President of the United States due to the sudden death of Warren G. Harding. After the scandals of the Harding presidency, Coolidge restored public confidence and was very popular. He won the Presidential election in 1924 but declined to run again in 1928.

In 1935, when he was 44 years old, on August 14, the Social Security Act was signed into law. The purpose was to "provide federal assistance to those unable to work". The law established the Social Security Administration whose primary focus was to "provide aid for the elderly, the unemployed, and children". The Act survived many Supreme Court challenges and the Administration continues until today.

In 1944, in the year of Colin Douglas Campbell's passing, on December 16th, The Battle of the Bulge began in the Ardennes forest on the Western Front. Lasting for a little over a month, the battle began with a surprise attack by Germany on the Allied forces The U.S. suffered their highest casualties of any operation in World War II - 89,000 were casualties, around 8,600 killed - but Germany also severely depleted their resources and they couldn't be replaced.


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