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Margaret Campbell

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  • Title
  • Forenames
    Margaret AWMM
  • Surname
    Campbell AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    Maggie AWMM
  • Service number
    WWI 22/316 AWMM
  • Gender
    Female AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    6 January 1881 AWMM ParnellAuckland City AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    Pre 17 January 1916 AWMM Roslyn, Rendall Place, Eden Terrace, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Miss Elsie Campbell (sister), Roslyn, Rendel Place, Eden Terrace, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Pre 25 January 1916 AWMM Single AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
    • 1914-1916 Egypt AWMM
    • 1914-1919 Western Front AWMM
    • 1914-1919 Western Front AWMM
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    WWI 22/316 AWMM
  • Military service
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

Military decorations

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Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    WW1 17 January 1916 AWMM
    Age 35 AWMM
    Nurse AWMM
  • Occupation before enlistment
  • Age on enlistment

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
    • Weight, Unknown Period AWMM
      117 pounds AWMM
    • Height, Unknown Period AWMM
      4 feet 11 inches AWMM
    • Eye colour, Unknown Period AWMM
      Light brown AWMM
    • Hair colour, Unknown Period AWMM
      Light brown AWMM
    • Complexion, Unknown Period AWMM
      Medium AWMM
    • Other, Unknown Period AWMM
      artificial teeth. Fit. AWMM
    • Chest, Unknown Period AWMM
      33 inches (min), 36 inches (max) AWMM
    • Suicide, Cause of Death AWMM

Last known rank

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Daughter of Christina and George Campbell.

    Two daughters, sisters, Christina Campbell (22/311) and Margaret Campbell (22/316) served in WW1.

    Newspaper cutting 13 May 1927 "Sad Death of Nurse. Three Years War Service Mentioned in Despatches" . The body of Miss Margaret Weir Campbell, aged 44, a nurse, residing at 19A Hackett Street, Ponsonby, was found on St Mary's Beach below high water mark about 7.30 am yesterday. Miss Campbell went to bed as usual on Wednesday evening. Her sister Miss Christina Campbell, who slept in the same room, heard her breathing, as if asleep, about two o'clock yesterday morning. When Miss Christina Campbell awoke again about six o'clock her sister was missing. She searched the beaches nearby without result and then communicated with the police. Sergeant Waterman discovered the body sometime later. The late Miss Campbell had a distinguished record of service in the Great War. She was trained at Waihi Public Hospital, serving there for four years. In January, 1916, she sailed on the hospital ship "Maheno" to begin a period of war service, which continued for three years. With her sister, Miss Christina Campbell, she served for eighteen months in front-line dressing stations in France and on November 8, 1918, was mentioned in despatches by Field Marshall , Sir Douglas Haig, for gallant and distinguished war services. Early in 1919 she returned to New Zealand and went to Waihi Hospital as ward sister. After a year in this position, Miss Campbell took a course of Plunket training and was engaged in district work in Auckland for two years. About 18 months ago she retired owing to ill health. Miss Campbell was of a very bright and unselfish disposition. She is survived by her mother, one brother and three sisters, resident in Auckland.

    An inquest was opened yesterday and was adjourned after identification had been given."

    From the Inquest: Margaret Weir Campbell (excerpts from the sworn statement by Margaret Campbell's sister Christina). "About 18 months ago my late sister had a blood pressure seizure and she had a blood pressure seizure, and she had another and more severe one about seven months ago, during the latter remaining unconscious for some time. During the whole of that period she has had bad health, been up and down at times and has been subject to severe depressions. She has said on occasions that she longed to die but she has not shown definite indications that she may take her own life." "I went to sleep and woke about 11pm . My sister was awake, I asked if she had been asleep and she said that she had not, and there was not anything in her manner at that time to cause me alarm concerning her."

    "I woke again at 6am and saw her bed unoccupied. I searched about but could not find her, the indications being she had left the house in her night attire. I then called my other sister (Elsie) and she and I at once made a search along the waterfront in the vicinity but could not find any trace of her."

    "Her body was brought into the house in a casket later in the day but I did not see her again."

    From The Evening Post 12 May 1927 "War Nurse Drowned" (by telegraph).(Special to "The Evening Post')

    Nurse Margaret Campbell disappeared from her home in Hackett Street, Ponsonby, last night and her body was found by a search party at St Mary's Beach, at 7 o'clock this morning. Miss Campbell served for three years with the New Zealand Army Nursing Service and was mentioned in despatches. As a result of her war work in France Miss Campbell had been in ill health for a long time and was unable to follow her profession.

    Suicide by drowning AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
    12 May 1927 AWMM
    Age 44 AWMM
    PonsonbyAuckland City AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
    Suicide AWMM
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Hillsborough Cemetery, Hillsborough Road, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM Area 8, Block B, Lot 61, Row 22, Plot 315 AWMM
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
    Death report: New Zealand Herald, 13 May 1927 AWMM
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference



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  • Memorial name
    • Auckland War Memorial Museum, World War 1 Hall of Memories AWMM
    • St David's Church, 68 Khyber Pass Road, Grafton, Auckland 1023 AWMM

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  • External links
  • References
    • McDonald, W. (2013). Honours and Awards to the New Zealand Expeditionary Force in the Great War, 1914-1918. (3rd ed.). Hamilton, N.Z.: Richard Stowers. AWMM
    • Information kindly provided by family AWMM
    • The New Zealand Herald AWMM
    • Information kindly provided by family AWMM
    • New Zealand Army Expeditionary Force. (1917). Nominal Rolls of New Zealand Expeditionary Force Volume II. Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      15: 3 AWMM
    • Information kindly provided by family AWMM
      Evening Post, 12 May 1927 AWMM
    • The New Zealand Herald AWMM
      Death report: New Zealand Herald, 13 May 1927 AWMM
    • Service Women Project: Sponsorship to research this record was kindly provided by the Auckland Returned Services Association, Returned Servicewomen's Branch; Marjorie Traill, Dorothy Grant, Daphne Shaw and Margaret Woollett. AWMM
    • Beattie, P.J. & Pomeroy, M. (2013-2020). Onward : portraits of the New Zealand Expeditionary Force (vols 1-5). Auckland, New Zealand: Fair Dinkum Publications AWMM
      Vol. 3: Includes portrait AWMM
    • McNabb, S. (2015). 100 years New Zealand military nursing : New Zealand Army nursing service : Royal New Zealand Nursing Corps, 1915-2015. Hawke's Bay, N.Z.: Sherayl McNabb. AWMM
    • Roll of Honour, Auckland Province (digital copy), 1914 - 1919. Auckland War Memorial Museum Library. MS-2016-2. AWMM

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