CAMPBELL, John Henry Hall
(Service number 23/1007)

Aliases Known as Henry. Enlisted as John Henry Campbell.
First Rank Rifleman Last Rank


Date 25 March 1879 Place of Birth Southbridge, Canterbury

Enlistment Information

Date 29 May 1915 Age 36 years 2 months
Address at Enlistment Christchurch
Occupation Engine driver
Previous Military Experience
Marital Status Married. One child or two children
Next of Kin Mrs M. CAMPBELL (wife), 296 Armagh Street, Christchurch; later 281 Durham Street, Christchurch
Religion Presbyterian
Medical Information Height 5 feet 6¾ inches. Weight 161 lbs. Chest measurement 33¼-37¼ inches. Complexion dark. Eyes brown. Hair black. Sight, hearing & colour vision all normal. Limbs well formed. Full & perfect movement of all joints. Chest well formed. Heart & lungs normal. Teeth - good but deficient in ...... Free from hernia, varicocele, varicose veins, haemorrhoids, inveterate or contagious skin disease. Vaccinated. Good bodily & mental health. no slight defects. Requires some attention molars & to be fitted with dental plate. Temporarily unfit. teeth now attended to 26/5/15. Terminal joint of middle finger of right hand missing.

Military Service

Served with NZ Armed Forces Served in Army
Military District

Embarkation Information

Body on Embarkation New Zealand Rifle Brigade, 1st Battalion
Unit, Squadron, or Ship D Company
Date 9 October 1915
Transport Maunganui or Tahiti or Aparima or Navua or Warrimoo
Embarked From Wellington Destination
Other Units Served With
Last Unit Served With

Military Awards

Campaigns Egyptian; Egyptian Expeditionary Force; Western European.
Service Medals 1914-1915 Star; British War Medal; Victory Medal
Military Awards

Award Circumstances and Date

No information

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Where Captured and by Whom
Actions Prior to Capture
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Liberation Date


Date 21 January 1919 Reason No longer physically fit for War Service on account of wounds received in action.

Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses

2 September 1916 admitted to No 1 Stationary Hospital - sick. 29 June 1917 gunshot wound to left hand with amputation of 4th finger.

Post-war Occupations


Date 6 March 1938 Age 59 years
Place of Death Christchurch Hospital, of Balcairn
Notices Press, 7 March 1938
Memorial or Cemetery Balcairn Cemetery, Canterbury
Memorial Reference Plot 2434
New Zealand Memorials

Biographical Notes

The second son of John and Elizabeth (née Hall) Campbell, John Henry Hall Campbell, who was known as Henry, was born on 25 March 1879 at Southbridge, Canterbury. He was educated firstly at Southbridge School before transferring to Esk Valley School when the family moved south in 1890. Henry won prizes at Southbridge – in 1888 for Standard II at a delayed prize-presentation, and just before leaving Southbridge, for Standard IV.

He married Isabella Florence May Williams (known as May) in 1906 in Sydney, New South Wales. A daughter, Lily, had been born to John Henry Campbell in 1898-1900 – is this Lily M. born in 1898, New South Wales to John and Marian M? Lily appears not to be Isabella Florence May’s daughter. Lora May Campbell was born on 5 September 1914 at Christchurch, New Zealand to John Henry Hall and Isabella Florence May Campbell. In 1919 in New Zealand John Henry Hall Campbell married May Frankenstein. This appears to be the same May. Henry was an engine driver for the Christchurch Tramway Board when he enlisted.

Henry’s father, John Campbell, of Fernhill, St Andrews, who was known “as an uncompromising enemy of wrong, and friend of right — a man of sterling worth”, died in 1905 at the Timaru Hospital following an operation. He had been instrumental in establishing the Presbyterian Church at St Andrews, was a member of the Education Board, and just a few weeks before his death he had announced his candidature for the Waitaki seat and opened his election campaign. His mother died in 1913 at Timaru, having suffered serious injuries in a trap accident at Tycho. John and Elizabeth Campbell are buried in the Timaru Cemetery.

Henry’s older brother, Peter Campbell, was killed in action in 1917 in France. Several cousins served in the war, some of them losing their lives - Donald Campbell (4/697) of Temuka, who died of wounds in 1916, and his brother Peter Duncan Campbell; George Duncan Abbott who was killed in action in 1915, Ameral Christopher Abbott, who died of wounds in 1915, and their brother and sister, Charles Gordon Abbott and Fanny Abbott, who both served. Possibly 19 year old Peter Duncan Campbell who died of wounds in 1917, was a relative.


Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotaph Database [04 January 2018]; N Z Defence Force Personnel Records (Archives NZ Ref. AABK 18805 W5515 00008..) [… 2018]; School Admission record (South Canterbury Branch NZSG); Lyttelton Times, 31 March 1889, Press, 26 December 1890, 28 July 1905, 28 May 1908, 7 March 1938 [x 2], 14 October 1943, Timaru Herald, 27 July 1905 [x 2], 10 & 13 February 1913, Temuka Leader, 27 July 1905, Sun, 15 May 1915, 1 June 1915, Evening Post, 6 July 1917, Dominion, 19 July 1917, New Zealand Times, 19 July 1917, 12 December 1918, Star, 14 December 1918 (Papers Past) [30 April 2014; 09 July 2015; 03 & 04 January 2018]; NZ BDM Indexes (Department of Internal Affairs) [2014, 2015]; Balcairn Cemetery burial records (Hurunui District Council) [05 January 2018]; NZ Electoral Rolls ( [05 January 2018]; Probate record (Archives NZ/FamilySearch) [28 January 2018]

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