Memorial Plaque to Lieutenant W. A. Campbell, 10th Sqdn., Royal Flying Corps who died 21 September 1917 aged 20
Extract from 'Airfields & Airmen' (Mike O'Connor)
On 21st September 1917 'Ward' and his observer, 2LT William Archibald Campbell, took off on a late morning photo reconnaissance patrol. Ground observers saw them in combat with four enemy fighters. The machine crashed on landing and 'Ward' was killed. Campbell was taken to hospital with a compound fracture of the skull and later died of his injuries.
The Observer 'Stand-by Lever' was found in its socket, so it seems likely that 'Ward' was incapacitated, with Campbell having to fly the airplane. Possibly the Observer lost control during the attempted landing, or fatal combat damage caused the machine to crash.
Campbell, who was originally commissioned into the 7th Yorkshire Regiment (sic- 1/7 W.Yorks Regt. (Leeds Rifles)) and had been attached to the R.F.C. in May 1917. Posted to 10 Squadron R.F.C. on 26th June 1917. He is buried alongside his 'Ward' Squadron Commander, in grave VC5.
10 Squadron flew 'BE2s' and 'Whitworth FK8s'.