Info 2b, Archibald alexander Campbell
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Archibald alexander Campbell
When he enlisted in WW1 next of kin is recorded as:-
Father Alexander Campbell, Skeet Rd, Auroa, Taranaki.
That was subsequently altered to Glen Road Kaupokonui, not far from Auroa, on the coast.
Archie’s occupation upon enlisting was cheesemaker for Mr McDonald of Manaia, which is just east of Kaupokonui.
Later, when they were settling his will and sending medals, Alexander was at Okaiawa, which is in the same area, a bit further northeast.
This would suggest Alexander did not have his own farm, but was probably share-milking, or else labouring.

Archibald alexander Campbell, No.2/454, Driver in 1 Battalion NZ Field Artillery. last address: Manaia He signed up on 27 August 1914, aged 20, and left NZ on 15 October 1914, landing in Egypt on 4 December 1914.
There is no mention in his file, but he was probably on Gallipoli, before departing from France on 6 April 1916.
He was killed on 2th September 1916 on the Somme, when New Zealanders were attacking Thiepval Ridge. On 12 September, the NZ Artillery had fired poison gas shells for the first time – Archie was probably involved in that.

Archie is buried in the Guards Cemetery at Lesboeufs, northeast of Albert.
He was reburied there after the war – it’s not clear where he was first buried, perhaps near Flers. His grave is in Block III, Row J plot 10.
He was 22 years old.
New Zealand Herald, 13th December 1913
Campbell:- On September 26th, Killed in action. Archibald Alexander,
dearly beloved son of Alexander and Emma Campbell, Aged 22 years.
Southland papers please copy.

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