Below : Original letters written by Pte. 4027 ROBERT CAMPBELL of A Company, 3/9th Battalion whilst in training at Southport in 1915. Robert Campbell was born in Ashton in 1880, one of nine children of John and Hannah Campbell, who resided 147, Church Street, Ashton. In 1893 Robert's eldest brother, Thurston Campbell, set sail from Liverpool for the USA, where he settled in Fall River, Mass. Over a period of some thirteen years Thurston's brothers and sisters followed in his footsteps, leaving Ashton bound for Fall River, and a new life. ROBERT CAMPBELL boarded the S.S. Saxonia at Liverpool on the 20th February 1906 bound for the port of Boston. He soon settled in Fall River, working as a bartender. At the outbreak of war, ROBERT CAMPBELL answered his country's call, proudly returning to England where he enlisted in the Ashton Territorials, 3/9th Battalion Manchester Regiment. Sadly ROBERT CAMPBELL was never to see England or the USA again. Whilst serving with the 9th battalion in the front line trench at Epehy, France, on the 29th April, 1917, along with his pals, Pte. 350582 Harry McCluskey and Pte. 350809 James McDonald, ROBERT CAMPBELL was killed in action. All three pals are buried in the Tincourt New British Cemetery.