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Ormond Edward Burton

Portrait, O.E. Burton as a Lance Corporal. Taken while on leave in London from France in 1916. Photo taken by USA studio, 22 Edgeware Road, London. Image kindly provided by Burton family - No known copyright restrictions

Portrait, O.E. Burton as a Lance Corporal. Taken while on leave in London from France in 1916. Photo …


  • Title
  • Forenames
    Ormond Edward AWMM
  • Surname
    Burton AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    • Ormand AWMM
    • Ormand Edward AWMM
  • Service number
    WWI 3/483 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    16 January 1893 AWMM AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    Unknown AWMM Ahuroa, Kaipara, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Robert Burton (father), Wallace Road, Papatoetoe, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Pre 14 February 1915 AWMM Single AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
    • 1915-1916 Gallipoli AWMM
    • 1914-1919 Western Front AWMM
    • Le Quesnoy AWMM
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    WWI 3/483 AWMM
  • Military service
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
  • Occupation before enlistment
  • Age on enlistment


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Prisoner of war

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  • Capture details
  • Days interned
  • Liberation date
  • Liberation Repatriation
  • POW liberation details
  • POW serial number

Medical history

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  • Medical notes
    Hospital Diseases , Wounds, WWI AWMM
    Wounded three times AWMM

Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Author of The Silent Division and The Auckland Regiment

    Awarded the Military Medal when a lance corporal with the 2nd Battalion, Auckland regiment and awarded the Medaille d'Honneur avec glaives en Argent when a sergeant, still with the 2nd Battalion, Auckland Regiment.

    Established the Christian Pacifist Society of New Zealand (CPS) in 1936. In later years was a confirmed pacifist.

    Gaoled during World War II for pacifist beliefs leading to his subsequent expulsion from the Methodist Church

    Was a conscientious objector during WW2

    Auckland Museum World War 1 "Life at Anzac" and " On the Fringe of Hell, New Zealanders on the Western Front" and "Regimental Aid Post" displays. Display item are various quotations by Ormond Burton
    His nephew notes that the photograph on cover of "Spring offensive", by Glyn Harper (2003) shows O Burton on the parapet looking over, at Lasigny Farm

    Name written as Ormand on the Nominal Rolls, but Ormond on his service record

    Attended Auckland University College (now the University of Auckland). AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
    7 January 1974 AWMM
    Age 80 AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Otaki Public Cemetery, Otaki, New Zealand AWMM
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
    Obituary: Auckland Star, 19 January, 1974 (Weekender), p. 8 AWMM
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference



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  • Memorial name
    • Remuera Primary School World War One Gates 1914-1918, 25 Dromorne Road, Remuera Auckland 1050 AWMM
    • yee niga Public - NIGA - Comrade - 25 June 2019 - reee

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  • What an admirable man.
    Public - Peggy - Other relative - 30 April 2018



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  • External links
  • References
    • McDonald, W. (2001). Honours and awards to the New Zealand Expeditionary Force in the Great War, 1914-1918. Napier, N.Z.: Helen McDonald. AWMM
    • Holmes, R. (Ed.). (2001). The Oxford companion to military history. Oxford, England: Oxford University Press. AWMM
    • Military Personnel file AWMM
    • Burton, O.E. (1935). The silent division : New Zealanders at the front : 1914-1919. Sydney, N.S.W.: Angus & Robertson. AWMM
    • New Zealand Army Expeditionary Force. (1914-1919). Nominal Rolls of New Zealand Expeditionary Force, Volume I. Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      Vol1: 98 AWMM
    • Holmes, R. (Ed.). (2001). The Oxford companion to military history. Oxford, England: Oxford University Press. AWMM
      Holmes, R. (Ed.). (2001). p. 74-75 AWMM
    • London Gazette AWMM
      London Gazette 17 April 1917, p3700, Rec No 549 AWMM
    • London Gazette AWMM
      London Gazette, 29 January 1919, p. 1451, Rec No 2301 AWMM
    • Grant, D. (1986). Out in the cold : pacifists and conscientious objectors in New Zealand during World War II. Auckland, N.Z.: Reed Methuen. AWMM
    • Crane, E. (1986). I Can Do No Other. Auckland, N.Z.: Hodder & Stoughton. AWMM
      Bibilography, p. 328-329, contains many references. AWMM
    • McDonald, W. (2013). Honours and Awards to the New Zealand Expeditionary Force in the Great War, 1914-1918. (3rd ed.). Hamilton, N.Z.: Richard Stowers. AWMM
    • Lee, J.A. (1973). Political Note Books. Wellington, N.Z.: Alister Taylor. AWMM
    • Cooke, P., Gray, J. & Stead, K. (2010). Auckland infantry : the story of the Auckland (Countess of Ranfurly's Own) and North Auckland regiments and of the citizen soldiers who served New Zealand. Auckland, N.Z.: 3rd Battalion Regimental Association. AWMM
    • Palenski, R. (2009). How We Saw The War: 1939-1945 Through New Zealand Eyes. Auckland, N.Z.: Hodder Moa. AWMM
      p.38-39. AWMM
    • Auckland Star AWMM
      Obituary: Auckland Star, 19 January, 1974 (Weekender), p. 8 AWMM
    • A.U.C. roll of honour, 1914 - 1920. MSS & Archives E-2, Special Collections, University of Auckland Libraries and Learning Services. AWMM
    • Beattie, P.J. & Pomeroy, M. (2013-2020). Onward : portraits of the New Zealand Expeditionary Force (vols 1-5). Auckland, New Zealand: Fair Dinkum Publications AWMM
      Vol. 3: Includes portrait AWMM
    • The Le Quesnoy Campaign research was undertaken by the New Zealand Society of Genealogists as part of the development of New Zealand Liberation Museum - Te Arawhata (Le Quesnoy France). This research project was led by CJ Barbour (NZSG), BI Silvester, HH Farrant (NZMHS) with the support of NZSG volunteers (2022). The individuals included in this research data set were verified as serving in Le Quesnoy. AWMM


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25 June 2019NIGAwellingtonComrade
30 April 2018PeggyWellington, New ZealandOther relative

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