Andrew Graham “Cam” Campbell

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Graham was born in Montreal in 1917 and moved with family to Toronto in 1931. After finishing schooling, he began working in 1936 as an apprentice in the Art Department of Rapid Grip and Batten, a large engraving house in Toronto.

PHOTO: Sgt. "Cam" Campbell posing with military medals outside the German Chancellery - Credit: 'The Way We Were by Ken Bell - University of Toronto Press 1988 - ISBN 0-8020-3990-1
PHOTO: Sgt. “Cam” Campbell posing with military medals outside the German Chancellery – Credit: ‘The Way We Were by Ken Bell – University of Toronto Press 1988 – ISBN 0-8020-3990-1

Graham joined the Royal Canadian Corps of Signals (RCCS, RC Sigs) in 1942, completed basic training in Brantford, following up with Signals camp at Vimy Barracks in Kingston. While there, he was taken on staff doing illustration for various training exercises, and cartoons for their Signalman paper.

PHOTO: A/Cpl Campbell at Pinewood Studios with a Bell & Howell Eyemo. Credit: A.G. Campbell.
PHOTO: A/Cpl Campbell at Pinewood Studios with a Bell & Howell Eyemo. Credit: A.G. Campbell.

 

PHOTO: Film and Photographic military identification pass; "This is to certify that A/Cpl Campbell, A.G. is a member of one of the Canadian Army Film and Photographic sections. He is authorized to take still or cine photographs of any military subject in the execution of his duties." Credit: A.G. Campbell.
PHOTO: Film and Photographic military identification pass; “This is to certify that A/Cpl Campbell, A.G. is a member of one of the Canadian Army Film and Photographic sections. He is authorized to take still or cine photographs of any military subject in the execution of his duties.” Credit: A.G. Campbell.

Graham shipped overseas to the Signals camp at Guildford in the south of England for advanced training and where he did some poster illustrations.

By chance Graham was sent to deliver these posters to the London office of Public Relations on Pall Mall. There he was interviewed by an officer of the Film and Photo Unit and was given the chance to join the Unit.

Graham trained at Pinewood Studios along with AL Calder and Doug Skene. Successful graduates from the course at Pinewood received the rank of Sgt., and were assigned to London to film investitures, parades, army training exercises, and army related events in England and Scotland.

After the Normandy invasion, additional cameramen were requested and Sgt. Campbell was sent by ferry to Ostend, Belgium. Assigned to the 4th Armoured Division, he travelled through Brussels and on toward Holland, following the main advance of the Canadians and Allies in Northwest Europe.

PHOTO: 'Cam' posing with a Bell & Howell Eyemo Q model similar to the cameras he used in the field during WWII. Photo credit: Dale Gervais
PHOTO: ‘Cam’ posing with a Bell & Howell Eyemo Q model similar to the cameras he used in the field during WWII. Photo credit: Dale Gervais

The war was on its last legs and Graham and his Unit celebrated the end of the war in a small town (Varel) outside of Wilhelmshaven, Germany. He later covered the Victory Parade in Berlin in July 1945.

Graham returned to Canada on the Queen Elizabeth in November of 1945. He continued as an illustrator at RGB, and later worked at Art Associates before going solo as a freelance illustrator.

He retired in 1991 and currently resides in Oakville, Ontario.

PHOTO: 'Cam' posing with his CSC Combat Camera award issued to him by the Canadian Society of Cinematographers in March 2010. The CSC award recognizes "the outstanding achievements of the CFPU during the war, in honour and remembrance of the courageous cameramen of the Second World War." Photo credit: Dale Gervais.
PHOTO: ‘Cam’ posing with his CSC Combat Camera award issued to him by the Canadian Society of Cinematographers in March 2010. The CSC award recognizes “the outstanding achievements of the CFPU during the war, in honour and remembrance of the courageous cameramen of the Second World War.” Photo credit: Dale Gervais.

Dale Gervais has been actively researching and documenting the history of the Canadian Army Film & Photo Unit since 2006. Dale is currently employed as a Film Conservator at Library & Archives Canada.

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