As a former RNZAOC soldier, I have a passion for the history of my Corps. With time on my hands, I took the opportunity to review Major Joe Bolton’s 1992: A History of The Royal New Zealand Army Ordnance Corps and research some aspects of New Zealand’s Ordnance Corps history in more detail and in the process have discovered a raft of forgotten and untold history waiting to be told.
The contribution of the New Zealand Army Ordnance Corps(NZAOC) to the success of the NZEF in both world wars has rarely been examined and often just mentioned as a footnote in most contemporary histories. To many, the story of the NZAOC in both world wars has been forgotten and deemed by many not worthy of recording. The New Zealand Divisions were regarded as one of the finest, and a contributing factor to this success was the Ordnance support provided by the NZAOC. On the home front, a bulk of the files relating to the Defence Stores Department (the predecessor to the Home Service NZAOC) and the early years of the Ordnance Corps were lost in a fire in the 1950’s. Leaving a massive hole from the interwar years, so it is now a race to capture and record as much information as possible. There are no longer any Ordnance Soldiers from the pre-WW2 years, and the post-war generations are thinning out so I plan to gather as much information, record it and preserve what we can for the future generations.