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Philip John Jory

Portrait of King George VI and Philip Jory on presentation of DSO, provided by Robert Wright 2013 - This image may be subject to copyright

Portrait of King George VI and Philip Jory on presentation of DSO, provided by Robert Wright 2013 - …


  • Title
  • Forenames
    Philip John AWMM
  • Surname
    Jory AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    2/657A AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    1 March 1892 AWMM Port ChalmersDunedin AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    Pre 1 August 1915 AWMM Knox College, Dunedin, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Mrs M.P. Jory, Birkenhead, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Pre 16 October 1914 AWMM Single AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards
    • Companion of the Distinguished Service Order (DSO) AWMM
      DSO: 2/657A, Major (Temporary Lieutenant-Colonel), No 2 Field Ambulance, New Zealand Medical Corps. London Gazette 3.6.1919, page 6822, Record No. 3134. Operations around Solesmes, Beaudignies, Le Quesnoy and on edge of Foret de Mormal from 23rd October to 7th November 1918. For gallantry and devotion to duty. This Officer was in charge of the forward evacuations during the advance from Briastre to edge of Mormal Wood. During the whole period he visited the Regimental Aid Posts keeping them clear night and day and although the advance was rapid by his coolness and ingenuity he brought ambulance cars right forward to the advanced posts. Most of this work was done under very heavy shell, machine-gun and sniper fire. Although suffering from the effects of gas during the attack on Beaudignies he kept on and by his devotion to duty and gallantry under fire he was instrumental in getting all the wounded back safely and keeping the posts clear besides being a tower of strength to the Regimental Medical Officers and bearers under his charge. His work has always been of high merit. AWMM
    • 1914-1915 Star AWMM
    • British War Medal (1914-1920) AWMM
    • Victory Medal with oak leaf AWMM
    • Defence Medal AWMM
    • War Medal 1939-1945 AWMM
    • Mentioned in Despatches (MiD) AWMM
      MiD. London Gazette 11.7.1919, page 8837. For distinguished and gallant services and devotion to duty during the period 16th September 1918 to 15th March 1919. AWMM

Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    WW1 1 August 1915 AWMM
    Age 23 AWMM
    Medical practitioner AWMM
    OtagoNew Zealand AWMM
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Prisoner of war

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

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  • Medical notes

Last known rank

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • His family write "Philip Jory was born the eldest son of a Wesleyan Minister in 1892 at Port Chalmers near Dunedin.

    He went to school at Nelson College and was awarded a major scholarship at Otago University at the age of 16. In view of his young age he had to wait a year before again sitting and - once more obtaining - the major scholarship and being admitted to the University to read medicine. He was elected President of Otago University Students' Association and qualified in 1914; he immediately volunteered to join the ANZAC Expeditionary Corps as a Doctor.

    He sailed to Suez, Egypt and was sent to Gallipoli where he was wounded twice, once only slightly and then very seriously. He was treated first in Egypt and later in Malta and England, and was not fit again for active service until 1917. He was posted to Northern France with the New Zealand Division. He served in all three Field Ambulances of the Division, eventually taking command of the 2nd. When the war ended, he served in Cologne as part of the occupation forces. The 2nd Field Ambulance Union Jack which at one point flew over NZ Division Headquarters in Cologne was recently donated to the RNZAMC Museum in Burnham.

    Upon demobilisation in 1920 "PJ" went to the the UK, joined the staff of the London Hospital, and obtained his Fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons. He then practiced as Ear Nose and Throat Consultant in Queen Anne Street next to Harley Street. He was also appointed Senior ENT Consultant at St George's Hospital, Hyde Park Corner, London.

    Upon the declaration of war in September 1939, he returned from France where he and his family were holidaying , in order to volunteer for service inspite of his age, he was 47. He joined the RAMC. He left behind in France his wife and three youngest children, believing them to be in greater safety in Brittany than in Central London with the bombing threat. He was not to see or hear from them for nearly six years.

    Upon taking command of a Field Ambulance with the Guards Division he sailed from Ulster via South Africa, for Egypt, and commanded his unit at El Alamein. He served with the 8th Army in Libya, Tunisia, Sicily and Italy and, upon obtaing the rank of Full Colonel, was posted to the Middle East Forces to take command of 16 and 43 General Hospitals in the Lebanon and in Egypt.

    He was struck off the MEF strength in July 1945 and sailed for England where he was demobilised and at last reunited with his wife and children.

    He resumed his practice in Wimpole Street and also his Senior Consultant appointments at St George's, Barnet and Vernon Hospitals. He was elected President of Otology and Laryngology Sections of the Royal Society of Medicine, and he retired in 1959.

    During WW1, he was awarded a DSO, and in 1944 he was mentioned in Despatches, but no trace can be found today of the details of the citations which were for "Distinguished service" and "Gallantry". He certainly never mentioned these awards to his children.

    He was able to travel back to New Zealand in the 1960's in order to see his many member of family who still live here." GA Jory November 2012. AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
    6 April 1973 AWMM
    Age 81 AWMM
    SuffolkEngland AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
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  • Cause of death
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  • Cemetery
  • Cemetery name
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  • Obituary
  • Memorial name
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  • Memorial name
    Birkenhead Roll of Honour, Birkenhead War Memorial Park AWMM

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  • Remembered with love by his niece, Maureen Gasparich (nee Jory) and her children, Rosemary, Glenys, Annette and Peter.
    Public - Rosemary - Other Relative - 22 April 2015



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  • External links
  • References
    • Pat Clarkson Medical Practitioner Research Project (January 2014 - March 2022). This project identified Medical Practioners who served in WWI. AWMM
    • New Zealand Army Expeditionary Force. (1914-1919). Nominal Rolls of New Zealand Expeditionary Force, Volume I. Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      Vol1: 380 AWMM
    • Haigh, J., Polaschek, A. (Eds.). (1993). New Zealand and the Distinguished Service Order. Christchurch, N.Z.: Authors. 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. 2: Includes portrait AWMM
    • Pugsley, C. (2018). Le Quesnoy, 1918 : New Zealand's Last Battle. Auckland, New Zealand : Oratia. 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
    • 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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DateFirst namesLocationRelationshipContact
22 September 2016Ian Philip DunstanWaiuku, New ZealandDirect descendant
22 April 2015RosemaryAuckland, New ZealandOther Relative

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