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John Richard Ormsby

  • Service number
    25963 AWMM
  • Also known as
    • John Richmond AWMM
    • Jack AWMM
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Last rank
  • War
Image 1: John Ormsby (back right), D.O. Stewart (back), J. Matehaere (left/front), J.C. Henare and J.P. Tikao-Barrett. Photo taken on 12 August 1940, Trentham Military College. - This image may be subject to copyright

Image 1: John Ormsby (back right), D.O. Stewart (back), J. Matehaere (left/front), J.C. Henare and J …


  • Title
  • Forenames
    John Richard AWMM
  • Surname
    Ormsby AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    • John Richmond AWMM
    • Jack AWMM
  • Service number
    25963 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
    Tainui AWMM
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    27 December 1917 AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
    son of Richard & Amy ORMSBY of Te Kuiti Public - Lorraine Mona - Researcher - 13 June 2022 - Research
  • Address before enlistment
    Pre 1940 AWMM Te Kumu Road, Te Kuiti, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Mr R. Ormsby (father), Te Kumu Road Te Kuiti, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Unknown AWMM Single AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    WW2 1940 AWMM
    Age 23 AWMM
    Clerk AWMM
    Te KuitiWaikato AWMM
  • Occupation before enlistment
  • Age on enlistment

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

Last known rank

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • John Richard Ormsby was born in 1917. He was the son of Richard (Dick) and Amy (nee Bate) Ormsby. He was educated at Te Kuiti District High School and started his working life at Ellis and Burnand at Mangapehi.

    While he was serving with the 28 Maori Battalion in Egypt he met Catherine (Kitty) O'Gorman, a nursing sister in Queen Alexandra's Nursing Army, in Cairo. On 18 October 1944 they were married at Helmiah, Egypt. They had five children: Mary, Maurice, Cherry, Darine and Geraldine. (Kia Hiwa Ra, August/September 1992, p.8.)

    Name appears as Richmond in Nominal Rolls, as Richard in other references. AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
    15 December 1991 AWMM
    Age 74 AWMM
    Te KuitiWaikato AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Te Kuiti Cemetery, Te Kuiti, New Zealand AWMM RSA Section AWMM
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  • Memorial reference



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  • External links
  • References
    • Cody, J. (1956). 28 (Maori) Battalion. Wellington, N.Z.: Department of Internal Affairs, War History Branch. AWMM
    • Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force. (1941). Nominal Roll Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force No. 3 (Embarkations from 1st July, 1940 to 31st March, 1941). Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      WW2 3: WW2 361 AWMM
    • Kia Hiwa Ra AWMM
      Kia Hiwa Ra, August/September 1992, p. 8. AWMM
    • Gardiner, W. (2019). Ake ake kia kaha e! : Forever brave! : B Company 28 (Maori) Battalion, 1939-1945. Auckland : Bateman Books. AWMM
    • Information kindly provided by family AWMM
    • The parting of the ways : a souvenir record of the triumphs, tribulations and maritime musings of returning draft H.M.N.Z.T No. 217, 'Zealandic'. January 18th, 1919 to February 26th, 1919. AWMM


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13 June 2022Lorraine MonaGisborne NZResearcher

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