KING, Russell David
(Service number 52620)

Aliases Born David Russell KING
First Rank Private Last Rank Brigadier


Date 25 February 1896 Place of Birth Timaru

Enlistment Information

Date Age
Address at Enlistment Otipua Road Timaru
Occupation Medical student
Previous Military Experience
Marital Status Single, then married
Next of Kin Mrs Mary KING (mother), Kenmore, Otipua Road, Timaru
Religion Presbyterian
Medical Information

Military Service

Served with NZ Armed Forces Served in Army
Military District

Embarkation Information

Body on Embarkation (1) New Zealand Expeditionary Force; (2) New Zealand Expeditionary Force
Unit, Squadron, or Ship (1) HMHS Maheno; (2) HMHS Maheno
Transport (1) Hospital Ship, No. 1, 6th Voyage from NZ; (2) Hospital Ship, No. 1, 7th Voyage from NZ
Embarked From Destination
Other Units Served With
Last Unit Served With

Military Awards

Service Medals British War Medal; Victory Medal
Military Awards Commander of the British Empire (CBE); Companion of the Distinguished Service order (DSO); Distinguished Conduct Medal

Award Circumstances and Date

DSO - NZ Gazette, 21 September 1944 [see Cenotaph Database citation)

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 Reason

Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses

Post-war Occupations



Date 20 July 1970 Age 74 years
Place of Death Timaru
Memorial or Cemetery Timaru Cemetery
Memorial Reference General Section, Row 19, Plot 256
New Zealand Memorials

Biographical Notes

Russell David King was the youngest son of James and Mary (née Campbell) King. He was educated at Timaru Main School. He married Helen Ballardie Little in 1924. He also served in World War II (31346), where he gained distinction. Dr King served as Honorary Physician to King George VI after World War II. Colonel R. D. King, CBE, DSO, Royal NZ Medical Corps, was proudly remembered among the Timaru Main School ex-pupils. He practised medicine for many years in Timaru prior to his death. [See Cenotaph Database for more deatils.]


Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotaph Database [24 September 2018]; NZ BDM Indexes (Department of Internal Affairs) [08 October 2018]; Timaru Main School Centennial 1874-1974 (held by South Canterbury Branch NZSG) [September 2018]; School Admission record (South Canterbury Branch NZSG) [08 October 2018]; Timaru Cemetery headstone image (Timaru District Council) [08 October 2018]

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