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Donald CAMPBELL

Regimental number32
Place of birthTarraville, Gippsland, Victoria
ReligionPresbyterian
OccupationMotor mechanic
AddressTarraville, Gippsland, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation23
Height5' 11.5"
Weight179 lbs
Next of kinFather, Donald Campbell, Tarraville, Gippsland, Victoria
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date26 August 1914
Place of enlistmentKensington, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name2nd Battalion, A Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/19/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A23 Suffolk on 18 October 1914
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll2nd Battalion
FateKilled in Action 2 May 1915
Place of death or woundingGallipoli, Turkey
Date of death2 May 1915
Age at death23-24
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsThe Lone Pine Memorial (Panel 17), Gallipoli, Turkey

The Lone Pine Memorial, situated in the Lone Pine Cemetery at Anzac, is the main Australian Memorial on Gallipoli, and one of four memorials to men of the New Zealand Expeditionary Force. Designed by Sir John Burnet, the principal architect of the Gallipoli cemeteries, it is a thick tapering pylon 14.3 metres high on a square base 12.98 metres wide. It is constructed from limestone mined at Ilgardere in Turkey.

The Memorial commemorates the 3268 Australians and 456 New Zealanders who have no known grave and the 960 Australians and 252 New Zealanders who were buried at sea after evacuation through wounds or disease. The names of New Zealanders commemorated are inscribed on stone panels mounted on the south and north sides of the pylon, while those of the Australians are listed on a long wall of panels in front of the pylon and to either side. Names are arranged by unit and rank.

The Memorial stands over the centre of the Turkish trenches and tunnels which were the scene of heavy fighting during the August offensive. Most cemeteries on Gallipoli contain relatively few marked graves, and the majority of Australians killed on Gallipoli are commemorated here.

Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
32
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli

Embarked Alexandria to join the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force (Gallipoli Campaign), 5 April 1915.

Reported missing, 2 May 1915.

Court of Enquiry, 24 March 1916, pronounced fate as 'Killed in action, 2 May 1916'.

Statement, Red Cross File No 0680403L, 1412 Pte H.E. RICH, 2nd Bn (patient, 26th General Hospital, Etaples), 24 July 1916: 'I did not know Campbell and I do not know how he died, but I saw his grave in Brown's Dip cemetery with a cross on it. I remember seeing it quite well and am sure it was this man.'

Second statement, 61 Corporal A.K. JAMIESON, 2nd Bn, 26 July 1916: 'Informant was in the same platoon with Campbell, and last saw him on Monday, April 26th. He then left to take up another position, and was never seen again. The position he went to was afterwards shelled, and was previously under machine gun fire. It was never occupied either by our troops or the Turks.'

Third statement, 52 Sergeant E.C.H. HAXBY, 2nd Bn (patient, Crothers Hospital, Tunbridge Wells, England), 7 August 1916: 'Informant states that on or about 25th April in landing on Peninsula, Campbell landed in 15th Plt. with Informant with many others. He dashed on ahead of the main body of troops and has never been heard of since. In all probability killed by machine gun fire and still unburied.'

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Miscellaneous detailsAddress incorrectly entered on Embarkation Roll as Yarraville.
SourcesNAA: B2455, CAMPBELL Donald
Red Cross File No 0680403L

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