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Campbell Ross Mellsop

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Grave of Campbell Ross MELLSOP
Helensville cemetery, Helensville, New Zealand
Photographed 24 November 2012

Ashes plot of Campbell Ross MELLSOP

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Identity

  • Title
  • Forenames
    Campbell Ross AWMM
  • Surname
    Mellsop AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    WWII 22525 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    17 August 1912 AWMM WaiukuPukekohe AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    WW2 Pre 1940 AWMM Waiuku Post-office AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    WW2 Mr. H.O. Mellsop, Henderson (father) AWMM
  • Relationship status

Service

Wars and conflicts

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Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards
    Military Medal (MM) AWMM
    22 July 1943 AWMM
    The National Archives. Recommendation for Award for Mellsop, Campbell Ross. (Ref. WO 373/25/458). Military Medal. AWMM

Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    WW2 Farmer/Civilian AWMM
  • Occupation before enlistment
  • Age on enlistment

Embarkations

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Prisoner of war

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

Medical history

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  • Medical notes

Last known rank

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  • Last rank

Biographical information

Biographical information

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    • Sergeant C. R. Mellsop, MM; Waimauku, Auckland; born Waiuku, 17 Aug 1912; farmer; wounded 22 Apr 1943. (Source: Cody, J.F. 21 Battalion. p.257.)

      'It will be remembered that the Carrier Platoon was to patrol the left flank of the battalion area. There was a wadi running north and south that was to be the position of the gunline, and the carriers were to operate west of this wadi. The carrier commander, Second-Lieutenant Swanson, had been the prime mover in the idea of carriers going into a night attack. The platoon did not keep in touch with B Company, but carried on without incident until within a few hundred yards of the Zaghouan road, when it ran into very heavy fire. Sergeant Mellsop located and charged two machine-gun posts, silencing them both. He then engaged an anti-tank gun, which was also silenced. The enemy must have been prepared against a tank attack in this area, for it was covered by other anti-tank weapons and only the semi-darkness saved the platoon from annihilation. After shooting up everything it could see, the carriers withdrew to shelter some hundred yards in the rear. A check-up disclosed that the platoon had only four serviceable carriers left, and that Lieutenant Swanson was wounded. Mellsop and Private Laurie Cornwell went on foot to report to Battalion Headquarters, as the wireless had been destroyed. When Mellsop returned he found that his carrier had received a direct hit in his absence, leaving only three still mobile.' (Source: Cody, J.F. 21 Battalion. pp. 257, 258.; 'Stevens, W.G. Bardia to Enfidaville. p. 321.) AWMM
    • Died 23 June 1994 Public - Lianne - Other relative - 10 March 2016 - New Zealand, Cemetery Records, 1800-2007, Ancestry.com
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Death

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  • Death
    23 June 1994 21Bn Assoc. Inc. Records. MS-2008-42.
  • Date of death
    23 June 1994 Public - Lianne - Other relative - 10 March 2016 - NZ Cemetery Record 1800-2007; Ancestry.com
  • Age at death
    81 Public - Lianne - Other relative - 10 March 2016 - NZ Cemetery Record 1800-2007; Ancestry.com
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
  • Cemetery name
    Helensville cemetery, Helensville, New Zealand Public - Sarndra - Researcher - 16 July 2016 - personal visit
  • Grave reference
    RSA Ash Block 1, Row E, Plot 7, Seq 1 Public - Sarndra - Researcher - 16 July 2016 - Auckland Council cemeteries database search page; http://www.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/EN/parksfacilities/cemeteries/Pages/cemeterysearch.aspx
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Memorials

Memorial

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Sources

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  • Documents
    • 21 Battalion (Official history of New Zealand in the Second World War 1939-45) AWMM
      pp.257, 258. AWMM
    • Stevens, W.G. (1962). Bardia to Enfidaville. Dept. of Internal Affairs, War History Branch, Wellington, N.Z. AWMM
      p.321. AWMM
    • Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force. (1941). Nominal Roll Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force No. 2 (Embarkations to 30th June, 1940). Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      p.128 AWMM
    • Veterans' club : the comradeship and memories of Auckland's 21st infantry battalion. Auckland War Memorial Museum : Auckland. Accompanies exhibition held in the Pictorial Gallery, second floor, Auckland War Memorial Museum, 24 March-21 May 2006. AWMM
    • 21 New Zealand Infantry Battalion Association Inc. Records, 1955 - 2005. Auckland War Memorial Museum. MS-2008-42. AWMM

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17 July 2016SarndraAuckland, New ZealandResearcher
10 March 2016LianneAucklandOther relative

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