CAMPBELL, Donald Gordon
(Service number 74441)

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Date 20 August 1893 Place of Birth Timaru

Enlistment Information

Date 25 October 1917 Age 24 years
Address at Enlistment P. O. West Eyreton
Occupation Farmer
Previous Military Experience
Marital Status Single
Next of Kin Mrs John CAMPBELL (mother), Elizabeth Street, Timaru
Religion Presbyterian
Medical Information Height 5 feet 8 inches. Weight 133 lbs. Chest measurement 30½-36½ inches. Complexion fresh. Eyes Blue. Hair fair. Sight - both eyes 6/6. Hearing & colour vision good. Limbs well formed. Full & perfect movement of all joints. Chest well formed. Heart & lungs normal. Free from hernia, varicocele, varicose veins, haemorrhoids, inveterate or contagious skin disease. Good bodily & menatl health. No slight defects. No fits. No notifications for consumption. Never under treatment in a sanatorium or mental institution. Never discharged from H.M. Service. Never absent from work through ill health or accident.

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Served with NZ Armed Forces Served in Army
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Date 1 April 1973 Age 79 years
Place of Death
Memorial or Cemetery Timaru Cemetery
Memorial Reference General Section, Row 54, Plot 719
New Zealand Memorials

Biographical Notes

Donald Gordon Campbell was the youngest son of John and Jane (née Campbell) Campbell. He was born on 20 August 1893 at Timaru and grew up at the family property, Fairfield Farm, Pareora. He was educated at Pareora West School and Timaru High School. John's father was elected a member of Pareora School Committee in 1878, and in 1884 he was voted to the chair. His mother presented a prize at Pareora School for the best attendant during the year; she also judged the sewing.

Donald enlisted on 25 October 1917 at Christchurch, after his nae had been drawn in the ballot, and was medically examined on the same day. He was a farmer on his own account, at West Eyreton.

His brother John served and was severely wounded. Two other brothers were called up – William Duncan Campbell and James Robert Campbell.


N Z Defence Force Personnel Records (Archives NZ Ref. AABK 18805 W5530 0022220) [30 December 2021]; Headstone image Timaru Cemetery (Timaru District Council) [30 December 2021]; Timaru Herald, 31 January 1878, 6 February 1884, 12 July 1884, 20 December 1901 (Papers Past) [11 & 12 July 2014]

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