RNZAOC June 1948 to May 1949

This article carries on from the post, RNZAOC June 1947 to 1948 and covers the activity’s of the RNZAOC from June 1948 to May 1949

Key Appointments

Director of Ordnance Services

  • Lieutenant Colonel A.H Andrews,

Ordnance Locations

The NZAOC Stores Depots were located at the following locations;

Trentham

  • Main Ordnance Depot, including
    • Bulk Stores Sub Depots, at
      • Mangaroa, Upper Hutt
  • Inspecting Ordnance Officers Group
  • Ammunition Repair Depot, Kuku Valley
  • Ammunition Proof and Experimentation Center, Kuku Valley
  • Central Districts Vehicle Depot at Trentham.

Auckland

  • Northern Districts Vehicle Depot, Sylvia Park
  • Small Arms Ammunition Proof Office, Mount Eden

Ngaruawahia

  • Northern Districts Ordnance Depot
  • Northern Districts Ammunition Depot, Magazines at Ngaruawahia, Kelms Road and Ardmore

Linton and Waiouru Camps 

  • Central Districts Ordnance Depot at Linton Camp, with
    • Sub Depot at Waiouru.
  • Central Districts Ammunition Depot, with sections at
    • Belmont
    • Moko Moko
    • Kuku Valley
    • Waiouru.

Burnham

  • Southern Districts Ordnance Depot
  • Southern Districts Vehicle Depot
  • Southern Districts  Ammunition Depot, Ammunition magazines at
    • Alexandra,
    • Fairlie,
    • Glen Tunnel,
    • Mount Somers.

All RNZAOC units remained occupied by consolidating and maintaining stocks. The redistribution of equipment to ensure that balanced inventories required both for training and mobilisation was held in all districts had not progressed as well as anticipated. Lack of storage accommodation at ordnance depots and the difficulty experienced in moving heavy equipment either by rail or sea had caused delays.  The storage problem had been aggravated by the relinquishment of 86,000 square feet of storage space at Gracefield to assist the urgent requirements of other Government Departments.

Details of stores received and value of requisitions and orders placed overseas and in New Zealand during the year are as under :

  • Value of requisitions on;
    • United Kingdom – £79,088
    • Australia – £2,924
  • Value of receipts;
    • ex-United Kingdom – £22,239
    • Australia  – £2,785 8.
    • B.C.0.F – £133,307
  • Value of Orders in New Zealand;
    • Clothing;
      • Placed – £56733
      • Received – £35481
      •  Outstanding – £57031
    • General stores;
      • Placed – £75609
      • Received – £74303
      • Outstanding – £33359

At all depots shortage of staff has curtailed a full programme of maintenance and preservation of much valuable equipment.

During the period 730 vehicles, including 356 carriers, were disposed of through the War Assets Realization Board. The main items of other stores disposed of through the War Assets Realization Board consisted of large quantities of clothing and truck tires.

The Inspecting Ordnance Officers’ Group conducted frequent inspections to ascertain the extent to which stored ammunition had deteriorated. Consequent upon these examinations all ammo that had depreciated and thereby became dangerous was surveyed and finally destroyed. Under the surveys conducted by the group during the year, many tons of ammunition and explosives had been surveyed, and any which was unfit for use was disposed of by the standard method of dumping at sea. A quantity requiring repair was made serviceable. During the year the Chief Inspecting Ordnance Officer paid a visit to Australia to examine methods of organisation, inspection, repair, small-arms-ammunition production, and proofing. The experience gained as a result of this visit was applied with advantage to this organisation in New Zealand.

Appointment of Colonel Commandant

1949 saw the adoption of Colonel Commandants for Corps and Regiments of the New Zealand Army. New Zealand Gazette No 4 of 21 Jan 1949 detailed the appointment of Brigadier (Retired) J.J King, CBE as the first Colonel Commandant of the RNZAOC.

Abolishment of the Conductor Rank

Although in abeyance since the mass redundancies of March 1931, the rank of Warrant Officer Class 1 (Conductor) had remained in the precedence of ranks of the New Zealand Army Regulations, 1927 as an official rank. Amendment 62 to the NZ Army Regulations of 1927 revoked the appointment of Conductor.

Territorial Force Reorganisation

The following Territorial Force RNZAOC units were formed on 8 October 1948

  • Headquarters RNZAOC New Zealand Division.
  • 1st Infantry Brigade Ordnance Field Park Platoon RNZAOC.
  • 2nd Infantry Brigade Ordnance Field Park Platoon RNZAOC.
  • 3rd Infantry Brigade Ordnance Field Park Platoon RNZAOC.

 

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