CAMERON, Rupert Fraser
(Service number 48905)

First Rank Rifleman Last Rank Rifleman


Date 7 September 1893 Place of Birth Waimate

Enlistment Information

Date Age
Address at Enlistment Cameron Street, Waimate
Occupation Hardware assistant
Previous Military Experience
Marital Status Single
Next of Kin John CAMERON (father), Cameron Street, Waimate
Religion Presbyterian
Medical Information

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 26th Reinforcements, G Company
Date 9 July 1917
Transport Willochra
Embarked From Destination Devonport, Devon, England
Other Units Served With
Last Unit Served With NZ Rifle Brigade

Military Awards

Campaigns Western European
Service Medals British War Medal; Victory Medal
Military Awards

Award Circumstances and Date

No information

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 31 December 1919 Reason No longer physically fit for war service on account of ulcers contracted on active service.

Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses

Post-war Occupations

Hardware salesman


Date 2 September 1963 Age 69 years
Place of Death Christchurch
Cause Head injuries received when struck by a car
Notices Press, 3 &4 September 1963
Memorial or Cemetery Ruru Lawn Cemetery, Christchurch
Memorial Reference Block 1C, Plot 139
New Zealand Memorials

Biographical Notes

Rupert Fraser Cameron who was born on 7 September 1893 at Waimate, the youngest son of John and Christina (née Allan) Cameron, was named for his father’s brother Rupert. He was a hardware assistant at the Farmers Co-operative, Waimate, when he enlisted, single and Presbyterian. He named his father as next-of-kin – John Cameron, Cameron Street, Waimate. Rifleman R. F. Cameron embarked with the 26th Reinforcements, departing for Devonport, England, by the “Willochra”, on 9 June 1917.

R. F. Cameron, of Waimate, returned by the “Marama” which was due at Wellington on 15 or 17 July 1919. He was discharged on 31 December 1919, no longer physically fit for war service on account of ulcers contracted on active service. All his service had been in Western Europe, for which he received the British War Medal and the Victory Medal. Rupert worked as a hardware salesman and never married.

He was living in Bealey Avenue, Christchurch, when he was struck by a car at the corner of Bealey Avenue and Champion Street, while walking on a Saturday evening. He suffered head injuries and died at the Princess Margaret Hospital on 2 September 1963, just days before his 70th birthday. He had a private funeral and was buried at Ruru Lawn Cemetery. Rupert’s brother, Colin Alexander Cameron, also served in World War One.


Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotaph Database [26 March 2023]; NZ BDM Indexes (Department of Internal Affairs) [26 March 2023]; Ruru Lawn Cemetery burial record (Christchurch City Council) [26 March 2023]; Press, 9 July 1919, 2, 3 & 4 September 1963, Timaru Herald, 10 July 1919 (Papers Past) [March 2023]

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