CAMPBELL, James Leonard
(Service number 3/2021)

Aliases Len (Leonard James)
First Rank Private Last Rank


Date 10 February 1898 Place of Birth Timaru

Enlistment Information

Date Age 20 yrs 10 mths
Address at Enlistment (1) Church Street, Timaru; (2) Chalmers Military Hospital, Defence Dept, Christchurch
Occupation (1) Bookseller; (2) Radiographer
Previous Military Experience 8th Regt; N. Z. M. C.
Marital Status Single
Next of Kin Mrs P. CAMPBELL (mother), Church Street, Timaru
Religion Presbyterian
Medical Information Height 5 feet 3 inches, Weight 144 lbs. Complexion fair. Eyes grey. Hair brown. Sight and hearing both good. Colour vision correct. Limbs and chest well formed. Full movement of joints. Heart and lungs normal. Teeth fairly good. No illnesses. Free from hernia, varicocele, varicose veins, haemorrhoids, inveterate or contagious skin disease. Not 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 Expeditionary Force
Unit, Squadron, or Ship New Zealand Medical Corps
Date 4 March 1916
Transport Willochra or Tofua
Embarked From Wellington Destination Suez, Egypt
Other Units Served With
Last Unit Served With

Military Awards

Campaigns Egypt; Western Europe
Service Medals British War Medal; Victory Medal
Military Awards

Award Circumstances and Date

No information

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


Date 23 July 1919 Reason No longer physically fit for war service.

Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses

25 November 1916 admitted to N. Z. General Hospital, Brockenhurst, with influenza. 6 February 1918 admitted to hospital at Brockenhurst, and again on 21 April 1918. 29 May 1918 sdmitted to 1st N.Z. General Hospital at Brockenhurst, with influenza. He was admitted again on 23 September 1918.

Post-war Occupations


Date 29 March 1969 Age 71 yrs
Place of Death Lake Okareka, Rotorua
Notices Timaru Herald. 31 March 1969
Memorial or Cemetery Rotorua Cemetery
Memorial Reference Section RSA, Block 6, Plot 357
New Zealand Memorials

Biographical Notes

James Leonard CAMPBELL was the eldest son of Peter and Ada (nee REIGATE) CAMPBELL.He was educated at Timaru Main School. On first enlistment James gave his birth year as 1895 and age as 20 years 10 months where as he would have been only 17 years old. He appears to have enlisted twice, having been discharged from N.Z.E.F. because he was unfit. On the two occasions (1915, 1917/18) there are noticeable differences in the information as to his age, residential address, and occupation. James contracted the 1918 influenza. After a spell in Brockenhurst Hospital, he returned to duty at 1st N.Z. General Hospital on a daily basis; as he had done after influenza in 1916 (on that occasion at Codford). 1918 was a tough year of hospitalization for James. He returned home in December 1918, embarking at Liverpool per "Tahiti". In 1920 he married Nita WINGHAM. When his medals were sent to him (1921/22) James was at the Electro Medical Institute in Palmerston North. Altogether James gave almost four years of war service. His next-of-kin at death was his widow Nita.


Cenotaph Database [19 August 2014]; N Z Defence Force Personnel Records (Archives NZ Ref. AABK 18805 W5530 0022335) [17 August 2014]; Rotorua Cemetery burial record (Rotorua District Council) [17 August 2014]; Evening Post, 7 December 1916, Press, 8 March 1917 (Papers Past) [20 August 2014]; Timaru Herald, 31 March 1969 (Timaru District Library) [20 August 2014]

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