Constable James Campbell was a native of Bannockburn and was shot in the line of duty on 18th January 1919 and subsequently died of his injuries on 20th January 1919.
To mark the Centenary of his death, the dedication of a commemorative plaque to the memory of Constable James Campbell will take place at 2pm on Sunday 20th January 2019.
Constable Campbell was born in Bannockburn and joined the City of Glasgow Police in 1901 and for 18 years served in the Eastern Division until his murder in the line of duty in January 1919. He was described as an officer of ‘high quality and resource’ and was fatally wounded whist disturbing housebreakers in Great Eastern Road. Constable Campbell succumbed to his injuries two days later. The original gravestone was donated as ‘A token of esteem from officers and constables in the Eastern Division, Glasgow Police’.
Supported by the Scottish Police Federation there will be a short service of Dedication at Constable Campbell’s graveside on Sunday 20th January followed by an informal gathering with refreshments in the Bannockburn Bowling Club (adjacent to the Cemetery). There will representation from the Scottish Government, Police Scotland and the Scottish Police Federation. Retired Chief Inspector from Strathclyde Police Sandy Geddes will also speak at the Dedication. Sandy and his sister Dr Jean Geddes personally supported the restoration of the grave in the 1990s and again in 2011, it is thanks to them that Constable Campbell’s Centenary Dedication has been possible.
SPF chair Andrea MacDonald said: “When retired Chief Inspector Geddes contacted us about the idea of a permanent memorial to Constable Campbell, we were delighted to help.
“It is an honour to pay tribute to an officer who gave his life to the service 100 years ago, particularly as this is also our own centenary year.”