CAMPBELL, John Gibson
(Service number 14062)

Aliases Jack
First Rank Rifleman Last Rank Rifleman


Date 22 January 1889 Place of Birth Kingsdown, near Timaru

Enlistment Information

Date 12 March 1916 Age 27 yrs 2 mths
Address at Enlistment Kingsdown near Timaru
Occupation Farm hand
Previous Military Experience
Marital Status Single
Next of Kin James CAMPBELL (father), Kingsdown, near Timaru
Religion Church of England
Medical Information Height 5 feet 8 inches. Weight 144 lbs. Chest measurement 32-35 inches. Complexion dark. Eyes brown. Hair brown (dark). Sight and hearing good. Colour vision correct. Limbs and chest well formed. Full movement of joints. Heart and lungs normal. Teeth ? Had had lumbago. Free from hernia, varicocele, varicose veins, haemorrhoids, inveterate or contagious skin disease. Vaccinated. Good bodily and mental health. No slight defects. No fits.

Military Service

Served with NZ Armed Forces Served in Army
Military District

Embarkation Information

Body on Embarkation New Zealand Rifle Brigade
Unit, Squadron, or Ship 5th Reinforcements 3rd Battalion, G Company
Date 26 June 1916
Transport Maunganui or Tahiti
Embarked From Wellington Destination Devonport, England
Other Units Served With
Last Unit Served With Rifle Brigade

Military Awards

Service Medals British War Medal; Victory Medal
Military Awards

Award Circumstances and Date

No information

Prisoner of War Information

Date of Capture
Where Captured and by Whom
Actions Prior to Capture
PoW Serial Number
PoW Camps
Days Interned
Liberation Date


Date 28 April 1920 Reason On account of wounds received in Action

Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses

Wounded in the right shoulder (gun shot wound) and admitted to hospital on 13 October 1917. On 12 September 1918 he was wounded again, in the face, and on 18 September admitted to Queen's Hospital.

Post-war Occupations

Sheep farmer


Date 2 February 1960 Age 71 yrs
Place of Death Timaru
Notices Timaru Herald, 3 February 1960
Memorial or Cemetery Timaru Cemetery
Memorial Reference General Section, Row 1, Plot 37
New Zealand Memorials

Biographical Notes

John Gibson CAMPBELL was a son of James and Rebecca Ann (nee GIBSON) CAMPBELL, of Kingsdown. His brothers James Alexander CAMPBELL and Robert CAMPBELL also served in WWI. In early March 1916, along with Joseph HILL, John was tendered a complimentary social in the Kingsdown School before he left Kingsdown to go into training for the Front. Mr J. Craigie, M.P., gave a vigorous patriotic address before presenting John and Joseph with wristlet watches. Refreshments were supplied and a pleasant veing, with music, was enjoyed. At the December 1917 Kingsdown School picnic, Mr J. Craigie, M. P., complimented those present on their patriotism and made the observation that few districts in New Zealand, if any, were better represented at the front in proportion to thei population. At that date, 33 past pupils had gone to the Front and of the 31 survivors, all were still serving; among the names read out were the brothers John, James and Robert Campbell. John returned to New Zealand in 1919 by the "Tainui, but continued to serve until April 1920. In all he gave 4 years and 51 days of service. At the time of discharge John was in the Military Section of Dunedin Hospital. A later address was Cliffbrook, Cave, Timaru. John had a spell at Woodside Hospital in Dunedin in 1919. By 1928 he was farming at Cave. He died on 2 February 1960 in Timaru, to where he had retired, living with his sister Sarah FOOTE and her husband. His funeral at the Timaru Cemetery was attended by members of the South Canterbury RSA. In his Will, John made specific provision for erecting a tombstone to his memory. In March 1917, William CAMPBELL, brother of James, John and Robert, appealed against his call up on the ground of undue hardship - he already had three brothers at the front and two othere working on his father's farm; he was unable to sell or lease his own farm. He was twice granted a sine die adjournment.And in June 1917 his father appealed against the call up of another brother, Percival CAMPBELL, as Percival was most essential in the working of the farm, and James already had three sons at the front; he was financially able to employ labour but where could he get it?


Cenotaph Database [12 July 2014]; N Z Defence Force Personnel Records (Archives NZ Ref. AABK 18805 W5530 0022371) [13 July 2014]; Timaru Herald, 7 March 1916, 16 March 1917, 20 June 1917, 17 October 1917, 29 October 1917, 28 December 1917 (Papers Past) [12 & 20 July 2014]; Timaru Herald, 3 February 1960 (Timaru District Library) [14 July 2014]; Probate Record (Archives New Zealand, FamilySearch) 17 July 2014]

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