NZAOC June 1930 to May 1931

Personnel

The strength of the NZAOC on 31st May 1931 was 21 consisting of;[1] [2] [3]

  • 2 Officers
  • 19 Permanent Other Ranks

Key Appointments

Director of Ordnance Services

  • Major Thomas Joseph King, NZAOC

Assistant Chief Ordnance Officer 

  • Captain W. R. Burge, M.C., NZSC

Main Ordnance Depot

  • Captain W. M. Bell, NZAOC.[4]
  • Captain E.L.G Bown, NZSC. [5]

Northern Command Ordnance Officer

  • Captain F. E. Ford, NZAOC.[6] [7]
  • Lieutenant J.W Barry, NZSC. [8] [9]

Central Command Ordnance Officer

  • Lieutenant H. E. Erridge NZAOC.[10]

Southern Command Ordnance Depot

Inspecting Officer Ordnance and Ordnance Mechanical Engineer

  • Major W Ivory, RNZA

Assistant Inspecting Ordnance Officer and Ordnance Mechanical Engineer

  • Lieutenant I. R. Withell, RNZA

Proof Officer, Small Arms Ammunition

  • Lieutenant M.J Lyons
  • Captain I. R. Withell, RNZA
NZAOC appropriations year ending 31 March 1931

NZAOC appropriations year ending 31 March 1931

Mass Retrenchment

With the Depression affecting the New Zealand economy, the NZAOC was forced to retrench many of its staff. This was achieved by using the provisions of section 39 of the Finance Act, 1930 (No. 2) and by transferring staff to the Civil service.[16]

The Finance Act, 1930 (No. 2) authorized the retirement on superannuation of any member of the Permanent Force or the Permanent Staff under the Defence Act, 1909, or of the clerical staff of the Defence Department whose age or length of service was such that if five years was added thereto they would have been enabled as of right or with the consent of the Minister of Defence to have given notice to retire voluntarily. Using this act a total of six officers and Thirty-eight other ranks of the NZAOC were retired on superannuation as from the 31st March 1931. Seventy-four NZAOC staff (excluding officers and artificers) who were not eligible for retirement were transferred to the civil staff to work in the same positions but at a lower rate of pay. [17]

1931 Napier Earthquake Relief

On account of the disastrous earthquake that struck Napier and Hastings on the 3rd February 1931, the NZAOC was called upon at short notice to supply tents, blankets, bedding, cooking and eating utensils, for use in the stricken areas. The total value of the stores issued from the Ordnance Stores at Trentham was £35,000. The Ordnance staff did particularly good work in dispatching these stores and equipment. All members of the military staff in the earthquake area were detailed for relief work, as well as personnel from other centres, and on the 6th March 1931, there were twelve officers and forty-six other ranks employed in connection with the relief camps. All ranks engaged in the relief effort were deserving of great credit for the manner in which they carried out their duties under trying conditions.[18]

Obituary

Staff Sergeant Sydney C. Tennyson of the Burnham Ordnance Depot passed away on 22 July 1930.  Born at Peckham, London, in 1892, Staff-sergeant Tennyson enlisted with H Battery of the Royal Horse Artillery in 1906. He saw hard fighting during the Great War, serving with the famous H Battery throughout the campaign. He was promoted to Staff Sergeant fitter in 1917 and gained his discharge from the British Army in 1920, with a total service of 13 years 142 days. Coming to New Zealand, Staff-sergeant Tennyson joined the NZAOC in 1923. SSgt Tennyson was accorded a military funeral.[19]

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The funeral of Staff Sergeant S. C. Tennyson, of the N.Z. Army Ordnance Corps, entering the Bromley Cemetery. Members of the firing party lined the pathway leading to the graveside. Christchurch City Libraries

Ordnance Workshops Mount Cook

The Ordnance workshop located at Mount Cook was relocated to Trentham Camp.[20]

Personnel Movements -June 1930 to May 1931

Releases

  • 62        Private Frank Jewiss
  • 665      Private William Alexander Sammons
  • 1001    Private George Cumming Bremner
  • 75300  Private William Valentine Wood
  • 714      Lance Corporal Kennith Hoare
  • 966      Lance Corporal William Terrington Popple
  • 1004    Lance Corporal James Johnston Bolt
  • 1009    Lance Corporal John Campbell Myers
  • 39        Corporal Simon Alexander Fraser
  • 55        Corporal John Francis Hunter
  • 111      Corporal John Sawyer
  • 19        Sergeant Alfred Charles Butler
  • 920      Corporal Gordon James Francis Arenas
  • 961      Corporal Edgar Charles Beal Boult
  • 965      Corporal Philip Alexander MacKay
  • 974      Corporal Henry William Le Comte
  • 978      Corporal Earnest John Williams
  • 960      Sergeant Frank William Ching
  • 968      Sergeant Thomas Alexander Hunter
  • 166      Sergeant William John Rabbidge
  • 956      Staff Sergeant Saddler            George Alexander Carter
  • 995      Staff Sergeant Wilfred Robert White
  • 268      Staff Quartermaster Sergeant James Alexander Kenning
  • 143      Armament Sergeant Major Joseph Warren
  • 1018    Sergeant Major James Oliver Pringle Southgate
  • Lieutenant Michael Joseph Lyons. [21]
  • Captain W. M. Bell. [22] [23]
  • Captain F. E. Ford. [24] [25]
  • Captain A. R. C. White. [26]

Copyright © Robert McKie 2018

 

Notes:

[1] “Permanent Forces,” New Zealand Herald, Volume LXVII, Issue 20619, 18 July 1930.

[2] “H-19 Defence Forces of New Zealand, Annual Report of the General Officer Commanding the Forces June 1930 to May 1931,” Appendix to the Journals of the House of Representatives, 1 January 1941  (1931): 6.

[3] “B-07 Appropriations Chargeable on the Consolidated Fund and Other Accounts for the Year Ending 31 March 1931,” Appendix to the Journals of the House of Representatives  (1931).

[4]relinquished appointment of OO Main Depot 15 December 1930  “Appointment, Promotions, Transfers and Retirements of Officers from the NZ Forces,” New Zealand Gazette No 27  (1931): 969.

[5] Appointed Ordnance Officer Main Ordnance Depot 22 April 1931. “Appointment, Promotions, Transfers and Retirements of Officers from the NZ Forces,” New Zealand Gazette No 40  (1931): 1549.

[6] Relinquished appointment of OO Northern Command 30 Jan 1931 “Appointment, Promotions, Transfers and Retirements of Officers from the NZ Forces,”  969.

[7] Released 30 January 1931 “Defence Cuts,” Evening Post, Volume CXI, Issue 84, 10 April 1931.

[8] Seconded for Service with NZAOC as Ordnance Officer Northern Command 31 January 1931. “Appointments, Promotions, Transfers and Retirements of Officers of the NZ Forces “, New Zealand Gazette No 16  (1931).

[9] Appointed Officer in Charge Waikato Camp, Ngaruawahia in addition to appointment of OO Northern Command. “Appointment, Promotions, Transfers and Retirements of Officers from the NZ Forces,” New Zealand Gazette No 73  (1931): 2154.

[10] Relinquished appointment of OO Main Ordnance Depot 20 December 1930″Appointment, Promotions, Transfers and Retirements of Officers from the NZ Forces,” New Zealand Gazette No 16  (1931): 515.

[11] Relinquished appointment of OO Southern Command 19 December 1930. “Appointment, Promotions, Transfers and Retirements of Officers from the NZ Forces,”  969.

[12] Released 19 December 1930  “Defence Cuts.”

[13] Appointed Ordnance Officer Southern Command 31 January 1931 “Appointments, Promotions, Transfers and Retirements of Officers of the NZ Forces “.

[14] Appointed Officer in Charge Burnham Camp in addition to Ordnance Officer Appointment 20 December 1930. “Appointment, Promotions, Transfers and Retirements of Officers from the NZ Forces,” New Zealand Gazette No 70  (1931).

[15],from December 20 1930  John J. Storey and J. Halket Millar, March Past : A Review of the First Fifty Years of Burnham Camp (Christchurch, N.Z. : Pegasus Press, 1973, 1974 printing, 1973), Non-fiction, 118.

[16] “Attitude of Members “, New Zealand Herald, Volume LXVII, Issue 20644, 16 August 1930.

[17] “Big Cut in Defence Force,” Evening Post, Volume CX, Issue 144,, 16 December 1930.

[18] “H-19 Defence Forces of New Zealand, Annual Report of the General Officer Commanding the Forces June 1930 to May 1931.”

[19] “Obituary Ssgt Tennyson,” Evening Star, Issue 20543, 23 July 1930.

[20] “Mount Cook Barracks,” Evening Post, Volume CX, Issue 105, , 31 October 1930.

[21] “Defence Cuts.”

[22] “Big Cut in Defence Force.”

[23] “Defence Cuts.”

[24] “Big Cut in Defence Force.”

[25] “Defence Cuts.”

[26] Ibid.

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