Patrick Campbell was born in Fisher Hill, Castlebar, County Mayo in 1880, the son of Thomas and Julia Campbell. In mid 1908 in Liverpool he married Elizabeth Foley (née Rice) who was also from Castlebar, and who was a widow with young children. Their first house was at 16 Kent Square in Liverpool, but by 1915 the family were residing at 52 Duke Street, Liverpool.
He was employed as a fireman in the Engineering Department on board the RMS Lusitania when she departed from Pier 54 in New York harbour on 1 May 1915. He was killed six days later after she was torpedoed off the southern coast of his native island. He was aged 34 years.
His body was not recovered and identified afterwards and as he has no known grave he is commemorated on the Mercantile Marine Memorial at Tower Hill, London.
The Liverpool and London War Risks Insurance Association Limited granted a yearly pension to Elizabeth Campbell to compensate her for the loss of her husband which amounted to £60-14s-10d (£60.74) payable at the rate of £5-1s-3d (£5.06) per month.
His widow Elizabeth Campbell later moved to Clontigora Post Office, Newry, County Down, Ireland.
Register of Births, Marriages and Deaths, 1911 Census of England and Wales, Commonwealth War Graves Commission, Cunard Records, PRO BT 334, UniLiv. PR 13/24.