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Muir Campbell Templeton

Nominal Roll Vol 3 (Roll 67), Page: 28 - No known copyright restrictions

Nominal Roll Vol 3 (Roll 67), Page: 28 - No known copyright restrictions


  • Title
  • Forenames
    Muir Campbell AWMM
  • Surname
    Templeton AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    WWI 43906 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    10 December 1886 AWMM ThornburySouthland AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    William Templeton (father), P.O. Box 9, Riverton, Southland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    1928 AWMM Married AWMM
    Myrtle Joyce AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    WWI 43906 AWMM
  • Military service
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Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards

Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    WW1 Unknown AWMM Flaxmiller/Civilian AWMM
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Prisoner of war

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  • Liberation date
  • Liberation Repatriation
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Medical history

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Last known rank

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Biographical information

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  • Biographical information, provided by family, Glenice Bullen: Gunner 43/906, Muir Templeton of the New Zealand Field Artillery had been delayed at home by a bad injury at the mill. Caught in the flywheel belt, only Alec Oag's quick action had saved him from a much worse fate than crushed ribs. In 1917 he joined his brother, Jim, who was with the Rifle Brigade, sailing with the 27th Reinforcements on the troop ship Maunganui.
    When he arrived in France Gunner Templeton was asked whether he could handle horses. The answer for a young Southlander was obvious. So, he ended up on the ammunition trains with mules as well as horses. Caught in a major artillery strike, Muir was blown up. He was again lucky to survive.
    He returned to Britain where he recuperated as much as possible in Scotland. For the rest of his life Muir suffered the ill effects of his wounds. Despite that, as an old gunner, Muir was called on to serve in the Home Guard in World War II.
    Wars and Rumours of Wars 129 The Problematical Journey by Hugh Templeton
    Muir Templeton, the eldest son, returned to the mill and the farm. Then he set up his own transport and contracting business, first with horse and cart, and later with the first solid-wheeled truck in the region. His first pneumatic-tyred truck was an International that was eventually taken over by the mill.
    Muir married Myrtle Joyce in 1928 and had a family of three. For two years in the early 1930s he then ran the Fosbenders' mill at Taramoa, close to the Oreti Beach north entrance for T. H. Watson. William of Otaitai had built up good contacts with TH when he had arranged to lease the 600-acre Athenaeum Reserve for drying the fibre. However, Fosbenders' was in fact a difficult mill to run because of its poor water supply, and Muir in 1933 returned to the home mill at Otaitai Bush where, with his practical engineering bent, he played an important role in building the first automatic scutching machines to clean the fibre tails. His second son Colonel Graham Muir Templeton left the NZ army in the 1950’s to join the Australian army as a 1st Armoured Regt soldier.

    Brother of John Templeton 23/619, William Stuart Templeton 8/1141, James George Templeton 42964.

    Son of William Templeton (1857-1933) born in Glasgow, the third son of John Templeton and Mary Campbell Muir who arrived in Sept 1862 on the ship Robert Henderson with children: Andrew, John, Mary, William and Agnes. The family, joined by Southland born James became involved with transport and business as merchants, storekeepers, farmers and William farming in Thornbury before establishing a Flaxmill at Otaitai Bush, Riverton in 1911.
    The steam driven mill provided employment for up to 25 men and became an essential industry during both World Wars. The ‘golden years of milling’ were experienced prior to the end of the war in 1945 and the mill continued to produce baling twine and rope, woolpacks, flax matting and slips until its eventual demise and closure in 1972. The Templeton Flax Mill has been successfully operating under three generations of the Templeton family and now open to the public on the Southland Heritage Trail.
    William married Jessie Milne Dawson daughter of Thomas Augustus Forbes Leith Dawson in 1885 and had a family of ten AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
    23 February 1956 AWMM
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