Topic: Norman Donald Cameron

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From research done in 2008 by Wairarapa College Year 12 history assignment on Wairarapa soldiers who died in World War One.

Full name: Norman Donald Cameron
Date of Birth: 26 August 1893
Serial number: 11/216
Occupation before enlistment: Farmer
First known rank: Lieutenant
Embarkation date: 16 October 1914
Place of embarkation: Wellington, New Zealand
Body on embarkation: Main body
Embarkation unit: Wellington Mounted Rifles
Last unit served: Wellington Mounted Rifles
Rank last held: Lieutenant
Place of death: Gallipoli, Turkey
Date of Death: 30 May 1915
Cause of death: Killed in action at No. 3 Outpost, Central Anzac
Cemetery name: Lone Pine Memorial, Lone Pine Cemetery, Gallipoli, Turkey

Biographical notes:
The only son, and third child, of Donald John and Anna Robina Cameron. He lived with his family at "Black Rock", Te Ore Ore until 1903 when they purchased the "Sherwood" property on Upper Plain Road, Masterton. Norman attended Fernridge School until 1907. In 1908 he began boarding at Wellington College, where he learned to play the bagpipes for the school band. He also became an expert marksman on the winning school's riflle shooting team. He was also a well-known Wairarapa representative footballer, being a member of the Red Star Club.

Norman enlisted on 13 August 1914. He left with the main Expeditionary Force in charge of a company of the Wellington Mounted Rifles Regiment and was one of those mounted men who volunteered for active service with the infantry. There were 8,417 volunteers in the largest contingent to ever leave New Zealand, this was known as the "main body".

13 July 1914 Norman was recommended for promotion to Captain.

He earned the 1914-1915 Star: British War Medal: Victory Medal: Gallipoli Medallion - these are campaign medals.

His horse, Beth, was one of about 25 brought back to New Zealand. Norman's father, Donald, regularly rode Beth around "Black Rock".

Messrs Robert Cameron (uncle) and Donald Cameron (father) are donors of the Cameron and Soldiers' Memorial Park, Masterton, in memory of Norman Donald Cameron.

In "A 150 year pilgrimage" published July 2005 from pages 36-39 there is mention of Norman Cameron.

Obituary: Wairarapa Daily Times 3 June, 1915 "Captain Norman Cameron: Killed at the Dardanelles: Another gallant young New Zealander, who was universally loved and respected, has given his life for the Empire.
Word was received in Masterton this morning that Captain Norman Cameron, son of Mr D. J. Cameron, of Masterton, and who left in charge of the Wairarapa section of the mounted troops, had been killed at the Dardanelles.
The death of Captain Cameron will be received with feelings of deep regret throughout the district, as he was very popular with all classes of the community. He was among the first to offer his services for the New Zealand force, and was the means of a large number of others enlisting. Much of the organisation work in connection with the local mounted force for the front was carried out by the deceased, whose knowledge in this connection was of especial value. The late Captain Cameron, who was about 25 years of age, was a prominent footballer, being a member of the Red Star senior fifteen last season and for several seasons before. He had also represented Wairarapa in the football field. Of a quiet, retiring nature, the deceased was very popular on account of his genial qualities, and footballers throughout Wairarapa will deeply mourn the loss of "a good sport." Mr D. J. Cameron, father of the deceased, is at present in Egypt, but is returning to New Zealand. The relatives will have the sympathy of a wide circle of friends in their sad bereavement."

Student researcher: Jessica Owen and Emma Dew (2009)


Norman Donald Cameron

First Names:Norman Donald
Last Name:Cameron
Place of Birth:Masterton, Wairarapa, New Zealand