NZAOC June 1928 to May 1929

Personnel

The strength of the NZAOC on  31st May 1929 was 122 consisting of;

  • 8 Officers
  • 107  Permanent Other Ranks
  • 7 Temporary Other Ranks

Key Appointments

Director of Ordnance Services

  • Major Thomas Joseph King, NZAOC

Inspecting Officer Ordnance and Ordnance Mechanical Engineer

  • Major W Ivory, RNZA

Inspecting Ordnance Officer

  • Lieutenant A. de T. Nevill, RNZA

Northern Command Ordnance Officer

  • Captain F. E. Ford, NZAOC

Central Command Ordnance Officer

  • Captain H. H. Whyte, M.C, NZAOC

Southern Command Ordnance Officer

  • Captian A.R.C White, NZAOC

Assistant Inspecting Ordnance Officer and Ordnance Mechanical Engineer

  • Lieutenant I. R. Withell, RNZA

Assistant Chief Ordnance Officer Trentham Camp

  • Captain W. R. Burge, M.C., NZSC

Ordnance Officer Main Depot and Officer in Charge Trentham Military Camp

  • Captain W. M. Bell, NZAOC

Ordnance Officer. Main Depot, Trentham and Ordnance Officer Central Military Command

  • Lieutenant H. E. Erridge NZAOC

Dalton JW 07a 1928

Enlistments

To make good the normal wastage due to retirements, discharges, etc 10 Other Ranks were enlisted into the NZAOC during this year.

Artillery Artificers

Artillery Artificers were transferred to the NZAOC during 1929.

Ordnance Depots

Ngaruawahia Camp

Construction of the Small-arms Ammunition Magazine, magazines Nos. 8, 9, and 10 (for high explosives) Ordnance Workshops was completed. The erection of the laboratory was still to be completed.

Trentham Camp

The Upper Hutt water-supply now served this camp in lieu of the previous camp system, the fire-fighting facilities had been considerably strengthened and some economy in maintenance effected. The buildings and roads had been maintained in good order.

Burnham Camp

A concrete strong-room and Ordnance Workshops had been erected, and the buildings and surrounding area generally maintained.

Mount Eden

With the removal of stores to Ngaruawahia Camp, the buildings at Mount Eden were no longer required, so they were disassembled and re-erected Narrow Neck Camp.

Examinations for Promotions

The 1928 examinations for promotion were conducted in all Depots on the following dates;

  • Monday 19 November -Technical – Arnamant Section
  • Monday 19 November  – Technical – Stores Section
  • Monday 19 November – Technical – Ammunition Section
  • Tuesday 20 November – Technical – Clerical Section
  • Wednesday 21 November – Arithmetric – All Sections
  • Thursday 22 November 1928 – Accounting for Stores – All Sections Staff Sergeant and above
  • Friday 23 November 1928 – Discipline – All Sections Staff Sergeant and above

Courses

A course of Instruction for Armourers was held at the Main Ordnance Depot in Trentham over the period 4-22 January 1929, attending were;

  • 14 Armourer Sergeant Major B Buckley (Trentham)
  • 2 Armourer SQMS J.A Adamson (Burnham)
  • 132 Armourer Staff Sergeant A.P Young (Trentham)
  • 915 Armourer Staff Sergeant E.J Hunter (Trentham)
  • 25 Armourer Sergeant F.A Clapshaw (Burnham)
  • 7 Armourer Corporal R.C Austin (Burnham)
  • 992 Armourer Corporal H.C Cooper (Trentham)
  • 141 Armourer Corporal R.S H Lyons (Trentham)

The following passed and became eligible for promotion to the next highest rank;

  • 915 Armourer Staff Sergeant E.J Hunter (Trentham) 79% eligible for promotion to Armourer SQMS
  • 25 Armourer Sergeant F.A Clapshaw (Burnham) 78% eligible for promotion to Armourer Staff Sergeant
  • 7 Armourer Corporal R.C Austin (Burnham) 77% eligible for promotion to Armourer Sergeant
  • 992 Armourer Corporal H.C Cooper (Trentham) 72% eligible for promotion to Armourer Sergeant

Personnel Movements -June 1928 to May 1929

Enlistments

  • 1024 Armament-Articifer E.W Jepson
  • 1025 Tent-Repairer-Articifer H.R Griffin into “D Section” of the Permanent Section of the NZAOC
  • 1026 Private J.S Jefcoate into “B Section” of the Permanent Section of the NZAOC
  • 1027 Articifer W.C Brizzel into “D Section” of the Permanent Section of the NZAOC
  • 1028 Private P.N Erridge into “A Section” Burnham of the Permanent Section of the NZAOC

Postings

  • 35 Lance Corporal H Ekins from “E Section” Trentham Detachment to “F Section” Wellington Detachment.
  • 363 SQMS D.L Lewis from Burnham to Trentham in September 1928
  • 915 Armourer Staff Sergeant from Trentham to Ngaruawahia
  • 996 Lance Corporal A.G McCurdy from Trentham to Ngaruawahia
  • 1009 Lance Corporal J.L Myers from “F Section” Trentham to “A Section” Burnham
  • 7574586 Armourer Staff Sergeant R.R Grieve from Northern Command to Trentham

Promotions

  • 363 SQMS D.L Lewis to Warrant Officer Class 1 (Conductor) on 1 October 1928
  • 894 Staff Sergeant J Moroney to SQMS 1 October 1928
  • 951 SQMS A Martin to Warrant Officer Class 1 on 15 of September 1928
  • 989 Lance Corporal P.R Hunter to Corporal on the 19th of January 1929
  • 1002 Lance Corporal S.P Stewart to Corporal 1 March 1929
  • 1026 Private J.S Jefcoate to Armament-Sergeant on the 13th of December 1928

Appointments

  • Lieutenant H. E. Erridge NZAOC, appointed Ordnance Officer. Main Depot, Trentham and Ordnance Officer Central Military Command from 14 May 1929

Transfers

  • Capitan W.M Bell from the reserve of Officers to the NZAOC with the rank of Capitan with seniority to 1 August 1919. To be Ordnance Officer Main Ordnance Depot and Office In Charge Trentham Camp from 15 March 1929
  • Captain W.C Burge, New Zealand Staff Corps seconded to NZAOC as Assistant Cheif Ordnance Officer from 18 April 1929
  • Lieutenant I. R. Withell, RNZA seconded to NZAOC as Assistant Inspecting Ordnance Officer and Ordnance Mechanical Engineer from 16 May 1929

Releases

  • 1 Private Hugh John Adams
  • 17 Armament Staff Quartermaster Sergent George Bush, MSM
  • 995 Staff Sergeant Wilfred Robert White
  • 102 Armourer Staff Quartermaster-Sergeant Harold Victor Coyte Reynolds, MSM
  • 951 SQMS A Martin
  • Captain H. H. Whyte, M.C., NZAOC

 

Copyright © Robert McKie 2018

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