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Graham Joseph Campbell

  • Service number
    Vietnam 41240 AWMM
  • Also known as
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Last rank
    Sergeant AWMM
    New Zealand Army, Special Air Service, 4 Troop AWMM
  • War
    • Regular Military Service AWMM
    • Vietnam War, 1961-1975 AWMM
Portrait of Sergeant Graham Cambpell taken before his deployment to Vietnam. Image kindly provided by Culley family (March 2015). This image may be subject to copyright.
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  • Title
  • Forenames
    Graham Joseph AWMM
  • Surname
    Campbell AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    Vietnam 41240 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
    Ngā Puhi AWMM
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion
    Anglican, Christian AWMM

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Date of birth
    12 April 1941 AWMM
  • Place of birth
    Taheke, Northland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Birth notes
    Taheke, Hokianga, New Zealand AWMM
  • Occupation before enlistment
    Post WW2 Salesman AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Address before enlistment
    Pre 23 Jul 1964 7 Rainvile Road, Remuera, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Next of kin on embarkation
  • Relationship status
    Pre Aug 1965 Married AWMM
    Married, with children AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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  • War
    • Regular Military Service AWMM
    • Vietnam War, 1961-1975 AWMM
  • Campaign
    • 1962-1966 Borneo Confrontation 1962-1966 AWMM
    • 1964-1973 Vietnam War AWMM
      Vietnam AWMM
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    Vietnam 41240 AWMM
  • Military service
    • 1 Ranger Squadron, NZ Special Air Service AWMM
      12 April 1965- AWMM
    • Royal New Zealand Artillery, 16th Field Regiment, 161 Battery AWMM
    • 26 Aug 1965-22 Feb 1966 New Zealand Special Air Service, 2nd Detachment AWMM
      Borneo, Indonesia AWMM
    • 11 Nov 1969 New Zealand Special Air Service, 2nd Detachment, 4 Troop AWMM
      Vietnam AWMM
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards

Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Enlistment
    Post WW2 23 July 1964 AWMM
  • Age on enlistment
    Post WW2 23 AWMM


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  • Embarkation details
    • Post WW2 Vessel was Unknown Ship AWMM
      Gunner AWMM
      1 Ranger Squadron, New Zealand Special Air Service AWMM
      V-Force AWMM
    • Vietnam Vessel was Aeroplane (RNZAF C130 Hercules) AWMM
      New Zealand Special Air Service, 4 Troop AWMM
      V-Force AWMM
    • Vietnam Sergeant Ministry for Culture and Heritage

Prisoner of war

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  • Capture details
  • Days interned
  • Liberation date
  • POW liberation details
  • POW serial number

Medical history

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  • Medical notes
    • Height, Unknown Period AWMM
      5 foot 10 inches AWMM
    • Eye colour, Unknown Period AWMM
      green AWMM
    • Hair colour, Unknown Period AWMM
      black AWMM
    • Died of wounds, Cause of Death AWMM
      Died of gunshot wound to head AWMM

Last known rank

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  • Last rank
    Sergeant AWMM
    New Zealand Army, Special Air Service, 4 Troop AWMM

Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Son of Thomas Campbell, born Opunake, Taranaki and Anna-Maria Campbell (nee Cope) born Taheke, Hokianga. Graham was born at Taheke, but later moved to Taihape where his father Thomas was involved in the sharing industry.

    Graham was educated at St Stephen's School, Bombay, South Auckland (where he became Head Prefect), Otahuhu College and Auckland University, where he studied Business Management and Accountancy.

    Family write he was a natural athlete and excelled at all sports. He was selected to represent the New Zealand Army in rugby in 1967 and 1968. He was selected to represent Counties Maori Rugby 1967 and 1968.

    Graham married Ellen Smith in 1964 and they had three children: Anna-Marie born 17 February 1963, James Roger born 23 November 1964, and Jacqueline Patricia born 6 February 1967.

    Posted 16 Field Regiment, RNZ Artillery, Papakura Military Camp

    Participated from 29 October 1964 - with the 150 man contingent to United Kingdom in the exercise Powder Horn. These troops were the first overseas troops to mount a guard at Buckingham Palace.

    Passed selection course for NZSAS 24 March 1965.

    Posted 12 April 1965 to 1 Ranger Squadron, NZSAS.

    Promoted 6 July 1965 to Lance Corporal.

    Deployed to Active Service, 26 August 1965, Borneo.

    Promoted 6 January 1966 to Corporal.

    Detachment returned to New Zealand; 22 February 1966, posted to 1 Ranger Squadron, NZSAS.

    Promoted 14 February 1969 to Sergeant.

    Posted to Active Service, Vietnam as Patrol Commander with 2nd Detachment, 4 Troop, NZSAS, Vietnam 11 November 1969

    On 11 November 1969 he was deployed with the advance party of the 2 Detachment advance party to Phuoc Tuy Province in South Vietnam as a Patrol Commander in 4 Troop NZSAS.

    On 14 January 1970, whilst leading an operational patrol, Graham Campbell was shot by a burst of fire from a Vietcong light machine gun when checking a track. He was carried from the scene by his patrol and evacuated by a 9 Squadron RAAF helicopter to 1 Field Hospital in Vung Tau, where he was declared dead. The Pilot who flew the helicopter extraction of Graham's last patrol was Flight Lieutenant Peter Bradford, RAAF.

    Note: The preceding notes are all from a short biography supplied by Terry Culley and Graham's widow, Ellen Culley in 2014.

    He was laid to rest with full military honours in Wairoa 6 February 1970.

    Memorial Flag was presented to family in Australia in October 1987.

    Campbell was chosen by Ministry of Culture and Heritage to be one of the 100 men who have given their lives in war over the past 100 years for the Silent Roll of Honour. His image will be screened at the official opening of the new Memorial Park in Wellington on ANZAC Day 2015 (Information provided by Culley Family). AWMM
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About death

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  • Age at death
    28 AWMM
  • Date of death
    14 January 1970 AWMM
  • Cause of death
    Died of wounds AWMM
  • Place of death
    Vung Tau, Vietnam AWMM
  • Death notes
    1 Australian Field Hospital, Vung Tau, South Vietnam AWMM
  • Cemetery name
    Wairoa Cemetery, Fraser Road, Wairoa, New Zealand AWMM
  • Grave reference
    Soldiers plot AWMM
  • Memorial name
    Auckland War Memorial Museum, World War 2 Hall of Memories AWMM
  • Memorial reference
  • Obituary

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