Biography

Birth date: 05 July 1897
Birth place: Australia: New South Wales, Balranald
Final rank: Warrant Officer Class 2
Service number: 2696A - First World War, 1914-1918
2696 - First World War, 1914-1918
N75065 - Second World War, 1939-1945
Units:
  • 4 Battalion Imperial Camel Corps
  • 202 Camp Hospital
  • 1st Australian Light Horse Regiment

Donald Law Patrick Cameron was born at Balranald, New South Wales in 1897. He was living in Mosman and working as a motorboat driver when he enlisted on 8 February 1917. Although Cameron had spent two years with the Citizens Naval Reserve, he joined the Imperial Camel Corps and departed Sydney aboard HMAS Port Sydney on 9 May 1917.

After arriving in Egypt in June, Cameron became an acting corporal in the Camel Reserve Company, and then joined the 4th Battalion, Imperial Camel Corps in August 1917 as a trooper. He served in Palestine throughout 1917 and in mid-1918 joined the 1st Light Horse Regiment, then serving in Jordan. Cameron's stay with the 1st Light Horse Regiment was short-lived as he soon transferred to the Mobile Veterinary Section and then fell sick in September 1918, spending three months recovering from fever. After recuperating, Cameron served out the rest of the war with the Australian Base Post Office in Egypt, finally returning to Australia on 14 March 1919. Donald Cameron also enlisted in the Second World War as a warrant officer with the 202 Australian Camp Hospital.

Rolls and Awards

First World War Embarkation Roll

  • Rank: Private
  • Date of embarkation: 09 May 1917
  • Place of embarkation: Sydney

Collection Items

Private Record

Cameron, Donald Law Patrick (Private, b.1897 - d.?)

Collection relating to the First World War service of 2696 Private Donald Law Patrick Cameron, Australian Camel Corps. Collection consists of a letter was written by Donald Cameron to his Family on 23 November 1917. In the letter, Cameron reassures his family that he is healthy, in good spirits... Maker: Cameron, Donald Law Patrick

PR88/094 (With records)

Digitised Collection

Letter from Donald Law Patrick Cameron to his Family, 1917

Letter relating to the First World War service of 2696 Private Donald Law Patrick Cameron, Australian Camel Corps. The letter was written by Donald Cameron to his Family on 23 November 1917. In the letter, Cameron reassures his family that he is healthy, in good spirits and recounts his...

RCDIG0000304

Timeline

Date of birth 1897-07-05
Date of embarkation 1917-05-09