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Alexander Ormond

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    Alexander AWMM
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    Ormond AWMM
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    Male AWMM
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    30 May 1890 Public source
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    1914-1919 Western Front AWMM
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    Army AWMM
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    Killed in Action, Cause of Death AWMM

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  • Son of George Canning Ormond and Maraea Ormond, of Mahia, Hawke's Bay.

    "Was at school for the unusually long period of seven years. After leaving Lincoln College he undertook the management of one of his father's estates at Helensville. Unable to gratify his wishes in New Zealand, he left for England in May, 1915, when he receiced [sic] a commission in the 11th Battalion Manchester Regiment. He was sent over to France in August, 1916, where he saw barely two months' fighting, being killed at Pozieres in October. He and twelve men were placed at a very important point that had been repeatedly attacked, and only five came through. His C.O. spoke of him as a man of character and determination, who should have received the M.C. for his bravery. He was hit by a shell in Staff Redoubt, just north of Mouquet Farm." (In Memoriam, 1914-1918 [Wanganui Collegiate School])

    "The following letter has been received from the Adjutant of the 11th Manchester Regiment, with reference to the death of Lieut. Alexander Ormond, an Old Boy of the Wanganui Collegiate School:—'The Commanding Officer has asked me to answer your letter, as Lieut. Ormond was under my command when he was killed. The details are as follows:—I was sent with a company to take over part of the line in one of the redoubts (— Redoubt) on September 29th last. On the left of the line we had a bombing post, which we were told to hold at all costs. I put Lieut. Ormond in charge of this post till he was killed by a shell on the evening of September 30th. Two bombing attacks were made on the post during the time Lieut. Ormond was in charge, neither of which was successful, and we held the post until we were relieved on the night of the 30th. I had not known Lieut. Ormond long; in fact, I only met him two days before, when I was sent to take over command of the company, but I never wish to go into action with a braver man or a better officer. He was perfectly cheerful under the heaviest fire, and I can't speak too highly of the way he commanded that bombing section. Although he had been such a short time with the battalion everyone liked him–officers and men–and he will be very much missed in this battalion.'" (Chronicles of the N.Z.E.F., 15 November 1916, page 129)

    Note: Obituary in the 'Times' records Ormond's age as 24 years. AWMM
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About death

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    30 September 1916 AWMM
    Age 26 AWMM
    SommeNorthern France AWMM
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    Second Lieutenant Alexander Ormond, Manchester Regiment, came from New Zealand in order to obtain a commission in the British Army. He was the son of Mr. and Mrs. George Canning Ormond, of The Mahia, Hawkes Bay, and had begun his career as a manager on the property of his grandfather, the Hon. J. D. Ormond, member of the Legislative Council. He was educated at Wanganui School, under Dr. Empson, and distinguished himself both in studies and games. He began his military training there, continuing it at Lincoln College. He joined the Inns of Court O.T.C. and obtained a commission in the Manchester Regiment. He was sent to the front last August and fell on September 30, eight days after completing his 24th year. (The Times, 23 October 1916, p. 11) AWMM
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    Thiepval Memorial, Authuile, Somme, France AWMM

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  • External links
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    • In Memoriam, 1914-1918. (1919).Wanganui, N.Z.: Collegiate School. AWMM
    • The Times AWMM
      The Times, 23 October 1916, p. 11 AWMM
    • Harper, G., Clements, C., & Johns., R. (2019). For King and Other Countries: The New Zealanders Who Fought in Other Services in the First World War. Auckland, New Zealand: Massey University Press. AWMM
      p. 94-97,106 AWMM
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