NZAOC June 1931 to May 1934


The strength of the NZAOC between May 1932 and May 1934 was;

  • May 1932
    • 2 Officers
    • 18 Permanent Other Ranks
  • May 1933
    •  2 Officers
    • 18 Permanent Other Ranks
  • May 1834
    • 5 Officers
    • 21 Permanent 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

  • Mr D. L. Lewis of the civil personnel employed in the Ordnance Department, appointed to a commission in the NZAOC with the rank of Lieutenant, on I February 1934.

Central Command Ordnance Officer

  • Lieutenant H. E. Erridge NZAOC

Southern Command Ordnance Depot

  • Mr D. Nicol employed in a civil capacity at the Main Ordnance Depot, Trentham, was appointed to a commission NZAOC with the rank of Lieutenant on 9 May 1934.

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

Assistant Inspecting Ordnance Officer and Assistant Ordnance Mechanical Engineer

  • Mr S. B. Wallace,  appointed and granted the rank of Lieutenant in the NZAOC dated 12th December 1933.

Proof Officer, Small Arms Ammunition, Auckland

  • Honorary Lieutenant J.W Fletcher, NZPS ( appointed 1 Sept 1931 NZ General Order 353/1931)

Warrant Officer Armourers

Two armourers who had completed their time with the Royal Army Ordnance Corps had been engaged for service with the NZAOC, They are;

  • Armourer Staff Sergeant-Major E. J. Hay, and
  • Armourer Quarter-master-Sergeant E. J. Trappitt


  • Major W. Ivory. RNZA. Inspecting Ordnance Officer and Chief Mechanical Engineer
    • Responsible for the design, erection, and organisation of the new military workshops at Trentham, and for the scheme for the demolition of the Mount Cook Barracks. As the Inspecting Ordnance Officer and Mechanical Engineer organised the whole of the military workshops throughout New Zealand for the repair and maintenance of equipment.

Overseas Courses

  • Captain’ I. R. Withell, RNZA relinquished the appointments of Assistant Inspecting Ordnance Officer and Assistant Chief Mechanical Engineer proceeding to England for courses of instruction in Ordnance duties.
Waipukurau 1934a

Armament Staff Sergeant John William(Bill) Dalton and Armament Staff Sergeant Arthur Stewart Richardson, Artillery camp, Waipukurau March 1934. Photo courtesy Norm Lamont


Copyright © Robert McKie 2018




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