The Royal New Zealand Army Ordnance Corps concerned itself with providing the New Zealand Army with the means to fight, specifically uniforms, weapons, rations and equipment.

Ordnance functions go back hundreds of years; the first Ordnance Officer in the British military appeared in 1299. Designated “Keeper of the King’s Wardrobe”, his duties included caring for and accounting for heavy equipment such as battering rams and catapults.  The title of “Master of Ordnance” can be traced to 1414; this individual cared for the King’s military stores, particularly his artillery pieces. He retained control over engineer and artillery personnel until 1716.

In the New Zealand context, the provision of Ordnance services can be traced to the 1840s, with the British establishing ordnance stores in New Zealand to support the Imperial Forces stationed in New Zealand.  As the Imperial presence began to draw down in the 1860s, New Zealand military storekeepers assumed a more significant role, with complete control of New Zealand’s Military storekeeping passing to the Defence Stores Department in 1869.  In 1917 the New Zealand Army Ordnance Corps was formed as a permanent unit of the New Zealand Military Forces, taking over duties performed formerly by the Defence Stores Department.

The New Zealand Army Ordnance Corps maintained the Army throughout the difficult years of the interbellum and, at the onset of the Second World War, rapidly expanded. The Territorial component of the Corps was in 1940 and combined with the New Zealand Army Ordnance Corps in 1946.

Creditable service in the Second World War led to the grant of the prefix “Royal” by King George VI on 12 July 1947.

The Royal New Zealand Army Ordnance Corps was amalgamated in 1996 with the Royal New Zealand Corps of Transport and the Royal New Zealand Electrical and Mechanical Engineers to form the Royal New Zealand Army Logistic Regiment.

Copyright © Robert McKie 2017


2 thoughts on “The RNZAOC

  1. Noel Kreegher

    I am endeavoring to put my fathers history, especially his military service and fit them in with pictures from his photo album so I have dates & places from his service records.
    Briefly he enlisted in Kawakawa, trained in Papakura 8/4/41, entered Egypt 15/4/41 ( transport HMT 25 ) posted to Ordnance Field Park 18/8/41, was promoted to Sgt. 7/8/43. Returning to NZ on the Tongarriro on the 21/4/45 & was posted to area 6 Wanganui, discharged 26/10/45.
    His name was Fredinand Charles Kreegher service No.62306
    What I am hoping is that you could supply me with some information about the Ordance Corps movements during this time or point me in the right direction to pursue this quest.
    Kind regards
    Noel Kreegher


    • rneilmckie

      Hi Noel, thanks for reaching out. I am actively researching all aspect of New Zealand’s Ordnance Corps including the 2nd Division Ordnance Field Park (OFP), and your father’s name is another piece to the puzzle and an additional name to the Ordnance Nominal roll that I am rebuilding.
      Based on the dates you have provided, he was with the OFP from its formation in 1941, serving with it in Egypt, Lybia, Syria, Tunisia and Italy. So far I have written one article on the OFP, which provides a broad overview of its activities from 1941 to 1945, here is the link, additionally Joe Boltons History of the Royal New Zeland Army Ordnance Corps has some information of the OFP, this book is available through most public libraries, once they reopen.
      I have other work planned on the OFP, but that is all depending on the lockdown ending and the Defence and National Archives reopening. In the interim, I will recheck the material I have and see if your father’s name appears anywhere.


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