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Peter Lindsay Horrocks

Lieutenant Horrocks in uniform standing beside car - This image may be subject to copyright
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  • Title
  • Forenames
    Peter Lindsay AWMM
  • Surname
    Horrocks AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    Pete AWMM
  • Service number
    64904 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    11 December 1912 AWMM AWMM
    Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    Pre 20 November 1940 AWMM 27 St George's Road, Parnell, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
    • Managing director/Civilian AWMM
      Joint Managing Director for Miles Rybond & Co. Ltd, Auckland AWMM
    • 5166 AWMM
      Sales representative for Colonial Mutual Life Insurance Society, Nelson AWMM
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    • Mrs S. Horrocks (wife), C/o Mrs D. Smith, 8 Epuni Street, Wellington, New Zealand AWMM
    • Mrs S. Horrocks (wife), 2 Saltburn Road, Takapuna, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Pre 11 January 1942 AWMM Married AWMM
    Married, 1 child AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
    • Vella Lavella AWMM
    • Green Island AWMM
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    64904 AWMM
  • Military service
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

Military decorations

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Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Enlistment
    WW2 20 November 1940 AWMM
    Age 27 AWMM
    Clerk AWMM
    WhakataneWhakatane AWMM
  • Occupation before enlistment
  • Age on enlistment

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
    • Height, Unknown Period AWMM
      6.5 feet AWMM
    • Eye colour, Unknown Period AWMM
      Blue AWMM
    • Hair colour, Unknown Period AWMM
      Brown AWMM
    • Hospital Diseases , Wounds, WWII AWMM
      Admitted to Narrow Neck Camp Hospital 10-16 June 1941. AWMM
    • Hospital Diseases , Wounds, WWII AWMM
      Admitted to Ellerslie Hospital 26 September 1941-12 October 1941. AWMM
    • Died of Disease, Cause of Death AWMM
      Cancer AWMM

Last known rank

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Lieutenant Horrocks was the eldest son of Lindsay and Minnie (nee Frater) Horrocks. There were five brothers (four of whom served overseas in World War II - two were killed and two were awarded the Military Cross - see below) and 4 sisters (one serving in the 9th Coastal Regiment, Royal New Zealand Artillery).

    He was a foundation member of Takapuna Grammar School. After leaving school, he worked in the Norwich Union Life Insurance Company, and had his own real estate business: Horrocks and Smallfield. When his business partner, Jack Smallfield, left for Borneo in 1938, Lieutenant Horrocks joined his uncle Harry Horrocks, founder of the pulp & paper industry in New Zealand, at the Whakatane Board Mills, Ltd in Whakatane.

    Lieutenant Horrocks married Shirley Adams in 1940. They had one son before he went overseas, and three more in the years after World War II. An alternative address for Shirley Horrocks during the war was 2 Saltburn Rd, Takapuna, Auckland.

    Lieutenant Horrocks' brother-in-law, 23084 Major Ron Adams, 21 Coy, 21 Battalion, was killed on 4 July 1942 in the Western Desert in the same action during which Lieutenant Horrocks' brother Bob (also 21 Battalion) was awarded the Military Cross. His other brother, John (later Lieutenant-Colonel J.B. Horrocks, CBE, MC, ED, RNZA), was awarded the Military Cross in Italy, and is memorialised in the Sainsbury Horrocks Gallery in Auckland War Memorial Museum.

    The war years took a heavy toll on Lieutenant Horrocks; both his father and his uncle Harry Horrocks (inducted into the New Zealand Business Hall of Fame in 2001) had died during the war. It was a very different time from the carefree pre-war days, but he built a very successful importing business before moving with his wife Shirley and 4 sons to Nelson, where he lived until his death.

    Lieutenant Horrocks' uncle Lieutenant Robert Frater was the first New Zealand officer reported killed in Gallipoli in April 1915.

    Lieutenant Horrocks was a good yachtsman and golfer: he was a member of the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron, and the Auckland Golf Club, playing on a single figure handicap.

    Lieutenant Horrocks became Joint Managing Director for Miles Rybond & Co. Ltd, Auckland, importers of crystal, chinaware, and silverware. He was later a sales representative for Colonial Mutual Life Insurance Society in Nelson.

    After his death, Lieutenant Horrocks' ashes were scattered at sea from Milford Beach, Auckland, where he had grown up.

    Brother of Robert (Bob) Horrocks (25200), John Horrocks (428519), Dean Horrocks (NZ412234) and James Horrocks (NZ203260). AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
    27 July 1988 AWMM
    Age 75 AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Cremated at Whakapuaka Crematorium, Nelson, New Zealand AWMM
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
    Death notice: New Zealand Herald, 28-29 July 1988 AWMM
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference



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  • External links
  • Documents
    • Horrocks, Robert Edgeworth, 1916-1943, Papers, Auckland War Memorial Museum, MS-2015-9. AWMM
    • Horrocks, Peter Lindsay. Letter to brother, 1943. Auckland War Memorial Museum Library. MS-2006/54. AWMM
    • Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force. (1942). Nominal Roll Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force No. 7 (Embarkations from 1st January, 1942 to 31st March, 1942). Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      WW2 7: WW2 69 AWMM
    • Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force. (1945). Nominal Roll Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force No. 9 (Embarkations from 1st July, 1942 to 31st December, 1942). Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      WW2 9: WW2 191 AWMM
    • The New Zealand Herald AWMM
      Death notice: New Zealand Herald, 28-29 July 1988 AWMM
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