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John Donald Cameron

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Portrait, Auckland Weekly News 1917 - No known copyright restrictions
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Identity

  • Title
    2nd Lieutenant Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 4 July 2015 - Military Record
  • Forenames
    John Donald AWMM
  • Surname
    Cameron AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    • 2670 AWMM
    • 7284 AWMM
    • 9/908 AWMM
    • SA War = 5th NZ Cngt # 2670; 9th NZ Cngt # 7284; WWI = # 9/908 Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 4 July 2015 - Military Record
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion
    Roman Catholic Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 4 July 2015 - Military Record

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    6 January 1874 Clan Cameron Records South IslandNew Zealand AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    Unknown AWMM Hawke's Bay, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    • Sarah Anne Cameron (mother), Riverton, Southland AWMM
    • A.J. Cameron (brother-in-law), Waerengaahika, Gisborne, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Pre 17 April 1915 AWMM Single AWMM

Service

Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
    SA War = Transvaal, Rhodesia & Cape Colony; WWI = Dandanelles & Western Europe Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 4 July 2015 - Military Record
  • Armed force / branch
    • Army AWMM
    • SA War = NZ Mounted Rifles; WWI NZEF Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 4 July 2015 - Military Record
  • Service number
    • 2670 AWMM
    • 7284 AWMM
    • 9/908 AWMM
    • SA War = 5th NZ Cngt # 2670; 9th NZ Cngt # 7284; WWI = # 9/908 Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 4 July 2015 - Military Record
  • Military service
    • SA War = 5th & 9th NZ Contingents; WWI = NZ Maori (Pioneers) Btn Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 4 July 2015 - Military Record
    • SA War = 1900-1902; WWI 1914-1917 Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 4 July 2015 - Military Record
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards

Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
    pre SA War = Southland Rifles; Pre WWI = corporal in East Coast Mounted Rifles Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 4 July 2015 - Military Record
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    • WW1 Unknown AWMM Stationhand/Civilian AWMM
      AWMM
    • 5th Cngt: 31 March 1900 at Lyttleton
      9th Cngt: 27 December 1902 at Onehunga
      WWI: 14 December 1914 at Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 4 July 2015 - Military Record
  • Occupation before enlistment
  • Age on enlistment
    SA War = 26yrs; WWI = 39 yrs Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 4 July 2015 - Military Record

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
    Killed in Action, Cause of Death AWMM

Biographical information

Biographical information

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    • John Donald Cameron was the husband of V. A. Cameron, of 93, York Place, Southend-on-Sea, England. Source: CWGC Online. Incorrectly spells his middle name as Duncan.

      John was the second son and 8th child of William Cameron and his wife Sarah Ann (or Teriana) née Howell. Sarah Ann was the daughter of John Howell, the founder of Riverton, and his first wife, Kohi Kohi Patu of Centre Island. Birth, Deaths & Marriage Online lists his possible date of birth as 1876 (Public Source: 16 April 2015). AWMM
    • FOR HONOR'S CAUSE.

      CAMERON.— -Second Lieutenant John
      Donald Cameron, killed in action on the Western front, on August 7th, aged 44 years. The roster's shrill clarion, the echoing
      horn, No more shall rouse him from his lowly bed. Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 4 July 2015 - Poverty Bay Herald, Volume XLIV, Issue 14381, 21 August 1917, Page 2
    • Poverty Bay Herald, Volume XLIV, Issue 14452, 12 November 1917, Page 7
      IN A TIGHT CORNER.
      HOW LIEUT. KAIPARA. AND HIS COMRADES FELL.
      Corporal Walter Heany, of the N.Z. Pioneers, writing to his mother, Mrs. Donald Gordon, of Gisborne, gives the first details that have been received respecting the death of Lieut A.P Kaipara and a number of other East Coast members of the Pioneers. The writer explains that the battalion went out wiring a stronghold that the New Zealanders had taken from the Germans. Fritz had made things very warm for them since, Corporal Heany remarks. The Pioneers got to within 100 yards of where they had to erect the entanglements, when Fritz opened up on them. The boys halted for it awhile, and then moved through shell fire to their sector. Shells were thrown all around them, and machine gun fire was turned on, this being about 1.3O a.m. The writer, details the circumstances under which Bill Morris, of Gisborne (wounded), was carried out to, the dressing station. On the way back they were up to their waists in mud, and Fritz concentrated fire on them, thus delaying them a good deal. The shells were bashing in the trenches and ploughing through the mud in the shell fire was a trying experience. Patience, however, got them through safely, though they were all fairly exhausted. Lieut. Kaipara rushed along and requested them 'to go back for Ehau, another Gisbornite who was wounded in the leg. As there was no one else he and his mate went back again with Kaipara. They were fairly beaten, and shells were falling worse than ever. Kaipara kept urging them to hurry, but they were so done up they could hardly for dear life lift their legs out of the boggy ground. Frequently they had to put the stretcher down, and then shells would burst near them, the concussion knocking them over in the mud. Eventually his mate dragged himself back to get fresh men, and he could hear Ehau calling "Come on, Heany" but he was completely knocked up. It was then that Kaipara dropped, shot through the head by a piece of shell. The writer went on to say that he had simply to lie down in the mud with the pathetic words still ringing in his ears and cursing himself for being unable to carry on. Subsequently he managed to drag himself out and to get fresh men to carry the wounded out. Two nights later they went out again to dig a trench and about midnight Fritz poured shells into them again. One shell came into the trench and killed Viv Ruru and another chap who had just joined up, besides wounding Trotter and Maharangi Pohatu. Heany was placed in charge to carry Trotter down to the dressing station, where he learned than Kaa, the Ngati Porou officer was killed, also Winiana and Dick Hale (corporal of the section). The party was carrying out one of the fellows (killed), when a shell landed right in the middle of them. With an officer, the writer went back and found their bodies, which were brought in and laid to rest. All were Gisborne and Coast boys. Donald Cameron was killed the same night as Kaipara. The casualties during the two nights were Killed, Lieutenants P Kaa, Kaipara, Cameron, and MacNeil, Corporal Hale, Privates V. Ruru, A. Kopua, Winiana. wounded: -Lieutenant J Ehau, Privates R. Trotter. W. Morris, Manuel, M. Pohatu, and P Kingi Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 20 July 2015 - Poverty Bay Herald, Volume XLIV, Issue 14452, 12 November 1917, Page 7
    • 10 March 1917 - John Donald Cameron married Violet Anne Ellwood at the St John's Chapel, Chelsea, England Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 4 June 2015 - Military Record
    • Poverty Bay Herald, Volume XLIV, Issue 14304, 22 May 1917, Page 6
      The last English mail brought news of the marriage in England of 2nd Lieutenant John Donald Cameron, of the New Zealand Pioneers, and Sister Violetta Allwood, operating sister in No. 2 London General Hospital. Lieutenant Cameron, who is well known in Gisborne, left New Zealand as a Corporal with the Fifth Contingent and served in Gallipoli, whence he was invalided to England. He subsequently gained his commission. The marriage took place at St. John's Church, Chelsea, and after a honeymoon spent at the bride's home at Southend, Lieutenant Cameron left for France and rejoined the forces. Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 4 July 2015 - Poverty Bay Herald, Volume XLIV, Issue 14304, 22 May 1917, Page 6
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Death

About death

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  • Death
    7 August 1917 AWMM
    YpresBelgium AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
    44 yrs Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 4 July 2015 - Research
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Underhill Farm Cemetery, Comines-Warneton, Hainaut, Belgium AWMM C. 25. AWMM
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