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Aro Haughie Campbell

Portrait, Aro Haughie Campbell, smiling - This image may be subject to copyright

Portrait, Aro Haughie Campbell, smiling - This image may be subject to copyright


  • Title
  • Forenames
    Aro Haughie AWMM
  • Surname
    Campbell AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    Archie AWMM
  • Service number
    23917 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    13 January 1914 AWMM Te ArohaWaikato AWMM
    Te Aroha, Waikato, New Zealand AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    Pre 31 January 1940 AWMM Hukapapa, Oeo, King Country, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Mr A.B. Campbell (father), Hukapapa, Oeo, King Country, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Pre 28 August 1940 AWMM Single AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
    • Greece AWMM
    • 1941 Crete AWMM
    • North Africa AWMM
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    23917 AWMM
  • Military service
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    WW2 31 January 1940 AWMM Bushman/Civilian AWMM
    TaumarunuiTaupo AWMM
  • Occupation before enlistment
  • Age on enlistment

Prisoner of war

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  • Capture details
    • WW2
      Sidi Rezegh, Western Desert AWMM
      28 November 1941 AWMM
      North Africa, Sidi Rezegh AWMM
    • WW2
      1942 AWMM
      Gravina 75; 85 Sulmona; Udine 78 AWMM
    • WW2
      Libya, North Africa AWMM
    • WW2 POW - 107 Agua Eredda, Italy AWMM
      1943 AWMM
    • WW2 POW - PG 85, Tuturano, Italy Italy Imperial POW Alphabetical List
      Italy, Europe Italy Imperial POW Alphabetical List
  • Days interned
  • Liberation date
  • Liberation Repatriation
    WW2 1 September 1943 AWMM Escaped AWMM
  • POW liberation details
  • POW serial number

Medical history

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  • Medical notes
    • Height, Unknown Period AWMM
      5 foot 7.75 inches AWMM
    • Classification, Unknown Period AWMM
      Grade A1 AWMM

Last known rank

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Husband of Marie; father of Barbara, Robyn, Phil.

    Married 10 March 1945, had 2 children.

    'After being taken POW at Sidi Rezegh, we were taken to a prison compound at Benghazi approximately a week later. We were put on the Italian freighter 'Jason' which was not flying any Red Cross flags as it was supposed to. The next afternoon we were torpedoed by a Royal navy submarine, with the loss of about 390 prisoners, mostly South African coloureds who were in the front hold where the torpedo hit, we were in the next hold and I was in the bottom hold. Being unable to swim, I hung onto some girders until about a couple of hours later somebody came looking for survivors and pulled us up, very lucky, eh!

    The Italian skipper and crew left us about ten miles out at sea and a German engineer took charge of the boat and beached it on the coast of Greece where we had been six months previously.

    We were then taken inland and placed in a barbed wire place about an acre in size and you can imaging what a shamble, over two thousand in an acre of mud, called by us Dysentry Acre.

    We were then taken to a castle for about a month and were then put on another boat and taken to Italy where we had originally been destined for before being torpedoed.

    We landed at a place called Bari in Southern Italy and from there we were sent to different camps. We were in a working party down south when I got malaria fever and it wasn't long before everybody had it. Thank goodness I have not had any attacks since arriving back in NZ in January 1944.

    Eventually I escaped from a working party at Aquafredda in the Pescara area. We gradually made our way south until we found ourselves in the middle of the battle at Sangro River. We surrendered to an English regiment who had never heard of NZers or Kiwis in Italy in November 1943.'

    Account above by Archie Campbell, April 2001

    Cenotaph record initially prepared with the serviceman in 2001 AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
    23 September 2011 AWMM
    Age 97 AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
    Death notice: New Zealand Herald, 26 September 2011 AWMM
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference



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  • External links
    Burdon, R. (1959). 24 Battalion. Wellington, Dept. of Internal Affairs, War History Branch.
    Further Reference
  • References
    • The New Zealand Herald AWMM
    • Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force. (1941). Nominal Roll Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force No. 3 (Embarkations from 1st July, 1940 to 31st March, 1941). Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      WW2 3: WW2 72 AWMM
    • 24 N.Z. Infantry Battalion Association [newsletter]. Auckland, N.Z.: The Association. AWMM
      November/December 2011, issue 163, p.3. AWMM
    • Fortune, G. & Bebich, M. (2008). Citizenship and remembrance : a history of the 24 NZ Infantry Battalion Association. Auckland, N.Z.: Polygraphia. AWMM
    • The New Zealand Herald AWMM
      Death notice: 26 September 2011 AWMM
    • Burdon, R. (1959). 24 Battalion. Wellington, N.Z.: Department of Internal Affairs, War History Branch. AWMM
    • Information kindly provided by family AWMM
    • Great Britain Army. (1945). Italy : imperial prisoners of war alphabetical list : section 4. London, U.K.: Government Printer. AWMM
    • Cenotaph record initially prepared with the service person. AWMM

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