Cameron, Lieutenant Colin Campbell MID

No 1 Sqn AFC

Colin Cameron was born in Jamestown, South Australia, and was a 24 year old Stockman when he enlisted in the 3rd Light Horse at Morphetville, South Australia, on 20 August 1914. He departed from Adelaide on HMAT A17 Port Lincoln on 22 October 1914. He landed at Gallipoli on 9 May 1915 and was briefly evacuated in July, only to return in August. He was Mentioned in Despatches in October 1915: For consistently good scouting work, collection of arms, ammunition and accoutrements, and locating enemy’s working parties. Later he was appointed as the Regiment’s Armourer Sergeant for two months. He transferred to X Aircraft Park in January 1917 and, two months later, attended No 3 School of Military Aeronautics at Abassia before he moved to Nos 57 and 21 Reserve Sqns RFC for flying training. In June he was commissioned and then promoted to Lieutenant four months later. He was graded as a pilot in November 1917 and posted to No 67 (Australian) Sqn.

Lt Cameron is mentioned in the Official History. When returning from a raid on Damieh on 19 March 1918, with Lt W A Kirk DFC as his observer in a Bristol Fighter, he had an indecisive combat with a German aeroplane. On 9 August, with Lt H B Fletcher DFC as observer, he attacked a large transport park near Nablus and “threw it into panic”. On 19 September, again with Lt Fletcher, he led three Bristol Fighters that attacked a large scale retreat of Turkish guns, cavalry and transport near Et Tire. The three Bristols dropped bombs and fired over 2000 machine gun rounds into the enemy formation.

He was evacuated from Ramleh with suspected beriberi and admitted to the 14th Australian General Hospital in Port Said in late October 1918; he died from multiple neuritis toxia on 18 November.

Lt C C Cameron is buried in Grave H 12 at Port Said War Memorial Cemetery, Egypt.


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