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John Colin Campbell (Service no. 48908) was a First World War soldier with links to Burwood.

John Colin Campbell (Service No: 48908), was known as Colin. He enlisted in Christchurch in January of 1917.

 Colin was described as being 5 feet 10 inches tall and weighed 155 pounds. He had brown hair, blue eyes and a fresh complexion.

He was a self-employed dairyman. He was 25 years and 6 months old when he joined The New Zealand Rifle Brigade.

Colin was the son of Edith Ellen and George Forbes Campbell of Reeves Road (now Mairehau Road) in Burwood.

He was killed in action on the 2nd May 1918. In late May of 1918 Colin was commemorated at two services at the Burwood parish church and a social at the Burwood Hall. He was remembered as a ‘brave soldier, a loving son, and a kind brother’.

A letter to Colin’s sister, Ivy, written after his death, is held in the Christchurch City Libraries Archives.  The letter was written by H.L. Griffiths, who is believed to be the padre of Colin’s platoon.

John Colin Campbell was awarded the British War Medal and the Victory Medal. He was buried in Euston Road Cemetery at Colincamps in France.


Related Resources

John Colin Campbell - Online Cenotaph Record. Auckland War Memorial Museum

John Colin Campbell - Military personnel file - Archway

Mentioned as Colin Campbell, with family members, in a Burwood Anglican Cemetery Tour, online via Christchurch City Libraries

Letter to Ivy Campbell - catalogue Listing for Christchurch City Libraries Archives 


Recruiting, The Seventeenth Reinforcement. Papers Past: Sun, Volume III, Issue 713, 24 May 1916, Page 10.

Burwood School, Old Boys at the Front, Roll of Honour Unveiled. Papers Past: Sun, Volume III, Issue 865, 17 November 1916, Page 9.

Casualties. Papers Past: Sun, Volume V, Issue 1328, 16 May 1918.

The Fallen and Wounded. Papers Past: Press, Volume LIV, Issue 16217, 21 May 1918, Page 8.

Advertisements. Papers Past: Sun, Volume V, Issue 1338, 28 May 1918, Page 4.

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John Colin Campbell

First Names:John Colin
Last Name:Campbell