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Cameron, H.S., Capt., 1916
In Delville Wood Cemetery, Longueval, is the Commonwealth War Grave of Captain Hume Smith Cameron, serving with the 3rd Battalion, Norfolk Regiment who died 04/09/1916.

He was born in 1890 and was the son of Margaret Cameron, of Old Mill House, Walker Gate, Newcastle-on-Tyne, and the late Duncan Cameron.

He completed his education at Armstrong College , where he graduated with the degree of B.Sc. He joined the University of Durham Officers' Training Corps in 1908, and was some time colour-sergeant of 'D' Company, leaving in 1912 with the rank of company quartermaster-sergeant.

At the close of his University career, Mr Cameron took up teaching work in London, and whilst there was active in organising re-unions of old Armstrong students. At the outbreak of war he at once returned to the O.T.C., and applied for a commission in the Special Reserve of Officers. He was gazetted to the Norfolk Regiment in August 1914, and was soon at the front.

For many months he seemed to bear a charmed existence, passing through many tight corners without a scratch. He was in charge of the sector which included the railway bridge near Hill 60 in one of the earliest of the enemy's gas attacks, and saw all the fighting in that quarter. In the spring of this [1916] year, he was wounded and had just returned to France when he met his death.

He has a wide circle of friends both in Newcastle and in London, as well as in the O.T.C. and in the Army, and he was highly respected and admired by all who knew him.

Source: Newcastle Journal 21/09/1916.

Hume Smith Cameron is remembered in Newcastle on NUT063


The CWGC entry for Captain Cameron

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