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

John Colin Campbell, known as Colin, enlisted in Christchurch in January of 1917.

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

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 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.


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John Colin Campbell

First Names:John Colin
Last Name:Campbell