Bob Horrocks was a good athlete ( the Horrocks Steeplechase Cup is still competed for at Takapuna Grammar School); cricketer ( represented NZ Secondary Schools vs Australian Secondary Schools in Australia in 1933; golfer (runner up in the Senior North Shore Golf Club in 1933, Whakatane Golf Club and Bay of Plenty Amateur Champion in 1939); yachtsman (member of RNZYS and sailed on "A" class "Waitangi".; and very popular with both sexes, all ages and people of every walk of life.
In the Army he was always looking out for opportunities to meet up with and have beer with the mill employees of Whakatane Board Mills and members of his own platoon with whom he fought the Italians and Germans in the Egyptian Desert in 1942. His diary "A Year in the Life of a Subaltern 1941" is in the possession of the family and every day records events of meeting friends (especially girls), family friends.
"The troops were standing about, dixies in hand, when the drone of approaching aircraft was heard. About two dozen planes passed overhead, and the "Ours or theirs' argument was in full swing when they came back and bombed and gunned the column. Three ammunition trucks of 27 Field Battery were set on fire, a mortar platoon truck received a direct hit, and three other vehicles a direct hit, and three other vehicles were damaged. Corporal Hedley of 4 Reserve MT Company, and Second-Lieutenant Horrocks removed wounded men and driverless trucks from the vicinity of the exploding 25-pounder ammunition. (Source: Official History of New Zealand in the Second World War 1939-45 : 21 Battalion by J.F. Cody (pages 158-159).
Bob Horrocks came from a military, farming and professional family background. His great grandfather was Captain Charles Horrocks, 15 Regiment. His son, Major Horrocks, Royal Marines, his son Lt. H.A. Horrocks 1NZEF, France and so to Bob , his grandson and Bob's three brothers, all commissioned, who served overseas in WW2.
Circumstances of death: killed whilst commanding 21 Battalion, "C" Company, crossing the Sangro River on the 28th November 1943. Killed by German machine-gun fire.
Remembered on the Takapuna War Memorial, The Strand, Takapuna.
Brother of Peter Horrocks (64904), John Horrocks (428519), Dean Horrocks (NZ412234) and James Horrocks (NZ203260).
Capt R. E. Horrocks, MC; born NZ 9 Sep 1916; clerk; wounded 24 Oct 1942; killed in action 28 Nov 1943. (Source: Cody, J.F. 21 Battalion. p.157.) AWMM