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Full Name
Margaret Campbell
Rank Last Held
Sister
Forename(s)
Margaret
Surname
Campbell
Also Known As
Maggie
War
World War I, 1914-1918
Serial No.
22/316
Gender
Female
Date of Birth
6 January 1881
Place of Birth
Parnell, Auckland, New Zealand
Religion
Presbyterian
First Known Rank
Nurse
Occupation before Enlistment
Nurse
Next of Kin
Miss Elsie Campbell (sister), Roslyn, Rendel Place, Eden Terrace, Auckland, New Zealand
Marital Status
Single
Enlistment Address
"Roslyn", Rendall Place, Eden Terrace, Auckland, New Zealand
Physical Description
  • Weight: 117 pounds
  • Height: 4 feet 11 inches
  • Eye colour: Light brown
  • Hair colour: Light brown
  • Complexion: Medium
  • Other: artificial teeth. Fit.
  • Chest: 33 inches (min), 36 inches (max)
Enlistment Date
17 January 1916
Age on Enlistment
35
Body on Embarkation
New Zealand Expeditionary Force
Embarkation Unit
Hospital Ship No. 1, "Maheno" (Second Charter) New Zealand Army Nursing Service Corps not on Ship's Staff
Embarkation Date
25 January 1916
Place of Embarkation
Wellington, New Zealand
Transport
Hospital Ship. No. 1, 2nd Voyage from NZ
Vessel
Maheno
Destination
Suez, Egypt
Nominal Roll Number
15
Page on Nominal Roll
3
Campaigns
  • Egypt 1916
  • Western European 1917, 1918
  • France
Military Awards
  • British War Medal (1914-1920)
  • Victory Medal
  • Mentioned in Despatches (MiD)
Award Circumstances
MiD. September 1918. Specially mentioned in despatches by Field Marshall Sir Douglas Haig, for her devotion to duty and for her gallant and distinguished war services.
Discharge Date
19 February 1919
Last Unit Served
New Zealand Army Nursing Service
Place of Death
St Mary's Beach, Ponsonby, Auckland, New Zealand
Date of Death
12 May 1927
Age at Death
44
Year of Death
1927
Cause of Death
Suicide
Cemetery Name
Hillsborough Cemetery, Hillsborough Road, Auckland, New Zealand
Grave Reference
Area 8, Block B, Lot 61, Row 22, Plot 315
Memorial Name
Auckland War Memorial Museum, World War 1 Hall of Memories
Obituary
Death report: New Zealand Herald, 13 May 1927
Biographical Notes
  • 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
Description of Image
  • Portrait
  • Headstone, Hillsborough Cemetery (photo J. Halpin 2013)
  • Auckland War Memorial Museum, World War 1 Hall of Memories Panel N.Z.A.N.S. (photo J Halpin 2010)
Archives NZ source
Further References
Evening Post, 12 May 1927
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