(Service number 3/655)

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Date 24 May 1895 Place of Birth Glenomaru

Enlistment Information

Date 18 May 1915 Age 20 years
Address at Enlistment Mowbray Road, Watlington, Timaru
Occupation Draper
Previous Military Experience Mounted Field Ambulance
Marital Status Single
Next of Kin Mrs J. AULD (mother), Mowbray Road, Watlington, Timaru
Religion Presbyterian
Medical Information Height 5 feet 10½ inches. Weight 146 lbs. Chest measurement 32-36½ inches. Complexion fair. Eyes grey. Hair light brown. Sight - both eyes 6/6. Hearing good. Colour vision normal. Limbs well formed. Full and perfect movement of joints. Chest well formed. Heart and lungs normal. Teeth good, false. Free from hernia, varicocele, varicose veins, haemorrhoids, inveterate or contagious skin disease. Vaccinated. Good bodily and mental health. No slight defects.

Military Service

Served with NZ Armed Forces Served in Army
Military District

Embarkation Information

Body on Embarkation (1) New Zealand Expeditionary Force; (3) New Zealand Expeditionary Force; (4) New Zealand Expeditionary Force
Unit, Squadron, or Ship (1) No. 2 Stationary Hospital; (2) Hospital Ship, No. 2, 2nd Voyage from NZ; (3) Hospital Ship, No. 2, 3rd Voyage from NZ; (4) 33rd Reinforcements, Mounted Rifles, Mounted Field Ambulance (Attached)
Date (1) 13 June 1915; (2) 10 November 1916; (3) 22 March 1917; (4) 13 November 1917
Transport (1) Willochra; (2) Maunganui or Tahiti or Aparima; (3) Marama, Hospital Ship, No. 2, 3rd Voyage from NZ; (4) Marama
Embarked From (1) Wellington; (2) Wellington; (3) Wellington' (4) Wellington Destination (1) Suez, Egypt; (4) Suez, Egypt
Other Units Served With
Last Unit Served With

Military Awards

Campaigns Egyptian
Service Medals 1914-15 Star; British War Medal; Victory Medal
Military Awards

Award Circumstances and Date

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Prisoner of War Information

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


Date 16 October 1919 Reason Termination of period of engagement

Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses

Post-war Occupations

Salesman; stock agent


Date 8 October 1942 Age 47 years
Place of Death Riccarton, Christchurch
Cause Accident (railway crossing)
Memorial or Cemetery Bromley Cemetery, Christchurch
Memorial Reference Block 16, Plot 2000
New Zealand Memorials

Biographical Notes

Eric McKay CAMPBELL was the son of Hugh and Mary Janet (née BALLOCH; later AULD) CAMPBELL. He was born on 24 May 1895 at Glenomaru. At the time of enlisting he was a draper employed by the Canterbury Farmers Co-operative at Timaru. Eric gave a total of 4 years 157 days of service (1 year 208 days in new Zealand and 2 years 314 days overseas). Eric was killed instantly when a truck he was driving was struck by a train at a railway crossing on 8 October 1942 in Christchurch 1942. He left a widow and three children.


Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotaph Database [28 April 2015]; N Z Defence Force Personnel Records (Archives NZ Ref. AABK 18805 W5530 0022237) [07 July 2015]; Timaru Herald, 12 & 14 May 1915, 16 October 1915, Star, 30 October 1915, Sun, 30 October 1915, Otago Daily Times, 11 November 1916, Evening Post, 7 June 1932, 8 October 1942 (Papers Past) [12 May 2015; 03 July 201522 November 2015]; Bromley Cemetery burial record (Christchurch City Council) [06 July 2015]; Probate record (Archives NZ/FamilySearch) [08 May 2015]

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