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Obituary for Major John Campbell (1921-2015), owner of the schooner ‘Oceana‘, which ran aground and broke up on the Baugh end of Crossapol Beach in 1949 under mysterious circumstances. Major Campbell survived shellfire and swamps as he advanced through Italy with Popski’s Private Army during WWII.

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First published in The Telegraph newspaper, 3 September 2015 http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/obituaries/11842074/Major-John-Campbell-obituary.html 


The circumstances of the grounding of the Oceana at Baugh in 1949, by owner John Campbell

Transcript of a telephone conversation between John Campbell and Dr John Holliday in October 2013, regarding John Campbell`s life and ownership of the schooner `Oceana` and the circumstances leading up to its grounding and eventual break up on the beach at Baugh / Crossapol in 1949.

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Book `Popski`s Private Army` by Vladimir Peniakoff

Softback book about the wartime adventures of Vladimir Peniakoff (nickname `Popski`), who formed his own elite fighting force in the North African Desert during WWII. The foreword is by John Campbell who owned the yacht `Oceana` when it grounded and broke up on Crossapol Beach at Baugh in 1949.


Transcript of conversation with John Campbell regarding the yacht Oceana.

Printed transcript of a telephone conversation between Dr John Holliday and John Campbell on 29 October 2013. John Campbell owned the yacht Oceana when it grounded and broke up at Crossapol/Baugh in 1949. Talks about the circumstances of the Oceana being near Tiree, and his life.


Photograph of John Campbell, owner of Oceana, around 1942

Sepia photograph of John D Campbell in the uniform of the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders around 1942. Campbell became the owner of the yacht Oceana that grounded and broke up on Crossapol beach in 1949. His batman in the army was a Tiree man, thought to be Alan MacCallum.


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