Nicky's episode of Who Do You Think You Are? was an adoption special in 2007.

Nicky was adopted a few days after he was born in 1961 by Frank and Sheila Campbell. His biological mother, Stella Lackey, was unmarried, and had travelled from Ireland to give birth. Although she sent Christmas cards for the first five years of Nicky's life, they had no direct contact. It was not until he was in his twenties that Nicky decided to try and track down Stella and his biological father, Joseph.

Nicky's father, Frank Campbell, died in 1996. Nicky starts by trying to discover more about his father's service with the Indian army during World War Two. Frank never spoke about his experiences, but Nicky and his adoptive sister Fiona remember their father's discomfort whenever a war film was on and his life-long hatred of the Japanese.

In 1941 Frank was offered the chance to transfer from his Highland Regiment to the Indian Army. He accepted and was posted to Calcutta. Frank and his men fought against the Japanese in what has come to be known as 'the forgotten war'. The Burma Campaign was the longest of the entire war and the troops who served there fought in some of the worst conditions on any battlefield. Nicky is amazed to hear what his father went through.

Frank was in India when his father, Argyll Campbell, died. They had had a very difficult relationship and were estranged by the time Frank left for the war. Nicky looks through old correspondence to see what he can discover about Argyll and travels to his birthplace in Brisbane, Austrailia.

Nicky sums up his experience: "I'm so proud of this extraordinary family I was adopted into. All the stories I've heard somehow all contributed to making my dad the most wonderful dad that I could have had. I've come to understand more about his father and his relationship with him. It couldn't have been for me more fascinating, revealing and enlightening. A family of which I am so proud and a dad of which I'm so proud. I just wish he were here to share it."

 

Nicky will be sharing his family history in two sessions taking place in SoG Studio 1 on Friday at 2.45pm and 3.45pm.  These sessions are free to attend on the day, subject to availability but, if you want to guarantee your seat, you can pre-book a ticket for £2 when booking your ticket to the show here.