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James Rangi Campbell

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  • Title
  • Forenames
    James Rangi AWMM
  • Surname
    Campbell AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    Phil AWMM
  • Service number
    808583 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    13 July 1914 AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    Unknown AWMM 55 Seaview Road, Remuera, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Mrs M. Campbell (mother), 55 Seaview Road, Remuera, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Pre 21 Feb 1944-31 March 1944 AWMM Single AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
    Italy AWMM
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    808583 AWMM
  • Military service
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

Military decorations

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Training and Enlistment

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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
    Killed on Active Service, Cause of Death AWMM

Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Son of James Campbell and of Muriel Campbell (nee Cross), of Epsom, Auckland. Brother of George Campbell (808584) and Lew Campbell (647192) who also served in WWII.

    George and his brothers Phil and Lew, of Paeroa, were all members of the Kiwi Concert Party. Their father, James Campbell, had been a bugler during WW1 and their mother a pianist, and the three sons all pursued careers in music, and played a significant role in NZ popular music of the late 1930s-1950s.

    The two eldest brothers, Phil and George, enlisted initially with the Air Force and were based in New Zealand, playing occasionally for Air Force station bands. In 1943, they, together with younger brother Lew were recruited for the Kiwi Concert Party by Terry Vaughan while he was home on furlough - George playing the double bass, Phil playing trumpet, and Lew playing piano and trumpet.

    On 20 January 1945 the brothers were performing at a 28 Maori Battalion celebration at Faenza in Italy, when the Germans began shelling. A roof collapsed and nine men were killed, among them, Phil, the eldest of the Campbell brothers. George was hit by shrapnel and his double bass destroyed.

    This is the replacement instrument supplied by the Red Cross. It has no maker’s label but was named and dated by George when he received it.

    Following the war George and Lew each continued with musical careers, and George continued to use the Red Cross double bass. In 1957 he was described as being “at the top among bass players” (Te Ao Hou, June 1959). It was later used, in New Zealand and Australia, by George's son Phil Campbell. AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
    20 January 1945 AWMM
    Age 30 AWMM
    ItalyEurope AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Faenza War Cemetery, Italy AWMM I. A. 14. AWMM
  • Cemetery name
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  • Obituary
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference



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  • Memorial name
    Auckland War Memorial Museum, World War 2 Hall of Memories AWMM

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  • External links
    Commonwealth War Graves Commission record
    Sources Used
  • References
    • Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force. (1945). Nominal Roll Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force No. 13 (Embarkations from 1st January, 1944 to 31st March, 1944). Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      WW2 13: WW2 21 AWMM
    • Campbell Brothers photographs. Auckland War Memorial Museum - Tāmaki Paenga Hira PH-2016-3. AWMM


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