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James Ainsworth Horrocks



  • Title
  • Forenames
    James Ainsworth AWMM
  • Surname
    Horrocks AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
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  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
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Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    4 August 1926 AWMM AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
  • Relationship status
    Unknown AWMM Single AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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Military decorations

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Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Enlistment
    Post WW2/Territorial Military Service 23 October 1949 AWMM
    Age 23 AWMM
    Company secretary/Civilian AWMM
  • Occupation before enlistment
  • Age on enlistment


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  • Embarkation details
    Post WW2/Territorial Military Service Gunner/Military AWMM

Prisoner of war

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  • Capture details
  • Days interned
  • Liberation date
  • Liberation Repatriation
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Medical history

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  • Medical notes
    • Height, Unknown Period AWMM
      5 foot 9 inches AWMM
    • Eye colour, Unknown Period AWMM
      Grey-Brown AWMM

Last known rank

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • "In my last year at school I joined the Air Training corps and did a course at Ohakea, which culminated in my flying a Tiger Moth (not solo!!).

    After the war had finished and I was 19 I attempted to volunteer for the Occupation Force in Japan but my mother, who had already sacrificed two sons, wouldn't sign for me to go.

    The Peacetime Territorial Army: Married to Suzanne Eileen Neary at 23, I could not afford to play golf so I enlisted in 1949 I joine the TF which had been reactivated after WWII. The Army was a very large organisation and being commissioned at 24 I found it a wonderful interest.

    Compulsory military training was introduced in 1950 and each year the intake were [sic] 18 but i was a year older; Suzanne's parents were wonderful having her and the children to stay when I was at weekend camps and the three weeks annual camp once a year. I met some great people, many of whom had served with my brothers Peter, Bob or John during WWII.

    At 36, having completed 12 years' commissioned service and passed the Command Course for promotion to Lieut Colonel, it was time to go and concentrated on work, family and my golf swing!! I retired and was posted to the Reserve until I was 50."

    Cenotaph record initially prepared with the serviceman in 2014.

    Brother of Robert (Bob) Horrocks (25200), Peter Horrocks (64904), John Horrocks (428519), Dean Horrocks (NZ412234). AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
    16 May 2015 NZ Herald
    Age 89 AWMM
  • Date of death
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  • Cause of death
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  • Obituary
    Death Notice: New Zealand Herald, 22 May 2015. AWMM
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  • External links
  • Documents
    • Horrocks, Robert Edgeworth, 1916-1943, Papers, Auckland War Memorial Museum, MS-2015-9. AWMM
    • Horrocks, Peter Lindsay. Letter to brother, 1943. Auckland War Memorial Museum Library. MS-2006/54. AWMM
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