The Bat­tle of Me­sopotamia

The Oban Times - - NEWS - Robert Camp­bell

KILNINVER-BORN Pri­vate Robert McKelvie Camp­bell, 1st Bat­tal­ion Seaforth High­landers, died from his wounds on April 14, 1916, aged 26, at the Bat­tle of Bait Asia and San­naiyat in the Per­sian Gulf.

He­len Glen­nie records: ‘The siege of Kut-al-Amara, Me­sopotamia, lasted 147 days be­tween December 7, 1915, and April 29, 1916. There were sev­eral bat­tles that took place to re­lieve Kut Gar­ri­son. One was the Bat­tle of Bait Asia and San­naiyat from April 7-22, the last be­fore the Kut Gar­ri­son sur­ren­dered on April 29, 1916. Af­ter the sur­ren­der, Kut Gar­ri­son troops were marched to cap­tiv­ity across the desert by the Turks. Dead and dy­ing were left where they fell. Robert has no known grave and is com­mem­o­rated on The Basra Memo­rial, Iraq.

‘The Basra Memo­rial com­mem­o­rates more than 40,000 mem­bers of Com­mon­wealth forces who died in op­er­a­tions in Me­sopotamia from au­tumn 1914 to Au­gust 1921, and whose graves are not known.’

The Oban Times pub­lished an obit­u­ary for Robert Camp­bell on June 3, 1916, right.

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