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Ince William Campbell
8th Coy. Canadian Machine Gun Corps
14 july 1890 , Toronto , Ontario
2 june 1916
Son of William and Clara Ince, of 94, Prince Arthur Avenue, Toronto
Educated at Trinity Collge , Port Hope
Church of England
Artillery Wood Cemetery
Plot XII , Row D , Stone 19
22 april 1915
2 june 1916
Enlisted in Toronto , Ontario
Killed in action at Sanctuary Wood during the actions mentioned here.
An extract from the 8th Canadian Machine Gun Corps diary ;
Location : Maple Copse , Zillebeke
Bright , wind from the west. Several enemy observation balloons up.
An intense bombardment from whole Brigade sector commenced , front line with heavy trench mortars and trench howitzers. Supports bombarded with high explosive shrapnell. Two enemy aeroplanes sailed low over front line directing bombardment. Artillery signals were given by flares from front line, the bombardment lifting after these signals to supports.
The enemy came in force over Mount Sorrel after exploding a mine under Trench 48. Front line trenches were practically obliterated and communications out. Own artillery support very weak. A few of the front line garrison in right sector were imprisoned in a deep shell trench known as 'The Tunnel'. The ends of which were closed by the shock of the mine explosion, were probably taken prisoner. Amongst these were Major General Mercer ,General Williams and Colonel Usher.
Enemy moved along front line and made frontal attack along Warrington Avenue and flank attack moving along Bydand Avenue.
Colonel Shaw with a body of 1st Canadian Mounted Rifles Battalion held the junction of Bydand & Warrington Avenue till attacked in flanks by bombers and compelled after Colonel Shaw was killed to retire.
Other support points closer to the front line were levelled by bombardment and Garrisons practically wiped out. The Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry in "Warrington Avenue" below Bydand held their ground firmly. The bombardment put all the machine guns in front line out of action with the exception of one Colt and two Lewis guns , th crews of which stood to their guns till either killed or captured. Supports weree rushed up to Zillebeke Switch and Maple Copse,while 7th Brigade still did much towards holding back the rush of the enemy. Motor machine gun battery moved up 4 huns in the evening to the position of Valley Cottages.