Harry (Henry) CAMERON



Service Number: 295
Enlisted: 12 February 1915, Keswick, South Australia
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 27th Infantry Battalion
Born: Kingston, South Australia, 21 March 1890
Home Town: Kingston South East, Kingston, South Australia
Schooling: Home Schooled (by Governess)
Occupation: Baker
Died: Died of Illness (Cerebro Spinal Meningitis), Cairo, Egypt, 20 January 1916, aged 25 years
Cemetery: Cairo War Memorial Cemetery
Memorials: Adelaide National War Memorial, Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Kingston South East War Memorial
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World War 1 Service

12 Feb 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 295, Keswick, South Australia
31 May 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 295, 27th Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
31 May 1915: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 295, 27th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Geelong, Adelaide
12 Sep 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 295, 27th Infantry Battalion, 'ANZAC' / Gallipoli
Date unknown: Involvement 27th Infantry Battalion, Battle for Pozières

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Also known as:  Henry Cameron

An apprentice baker with Griffins in Milang, Alexandrina, South Australia for four years.

He listed his sister Mrs Bell Daenke most latterly of Albert Park in Adelaide, as his next of kin.  At the time of enlistment she was resident in Petersburgh (more recently known as Peterborough).  Another sister (Mrs A.B. Cameron of 51 Maria Strteet Thebarton) and two brothers (Archibald and Stewart, the latter the eldest)  constituted his family, both of his parents recorded by a sister as deceased.

Most of his personal file is taken up with correspondence following his death with Army trying to bestow his medals upon the eldest brother Stewart, an action recorded by the younger sister  "you might as well throw it in the street, for all my brother would value it".  Finally it appeared that all were appeased when the younger brother Archibald duly took receipt of Harry's medals.

Although he embarked with the 27th Battalion as part of the 1st Reinforcements his records appear incomplete with no record of the period between embarkation and evacuation from Mudros to Alexandria in early January as part of the general evacuation from ANZAC.  It is reasonable to assume that he served at ANZAC in the intervening period.

However he was stricken ill soon after returning to Egypt and he died in hospital at ABassia, a suburb of Cairo, on 20 January 1916

Service Number: 295

Rank: Private

Unit: 27th Australian Infantry Battalion

1914/15 Star 22527

British War Medal 12898

Victory Medal 12840

Memorial Plaque 313537


Steve Larkins October 2014


Cemetery details: Cairo War Memorial Cemetery, Cairo, Egypt



Name: Henry Cameron
Birth Date: 21 Mar 1890
Father's name: Archibald Cameron
Mother's name: Isabella Searles
Birth Place: Kingston
Registration Place: Wellington, South Australia