Topic: Henry James "Harry" Ormandy

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Harry James Ormandy (Service no. 80173) was a First World War soldier with links to Wharenui School

Henry James Ormandy was born 5th April 1898. His parents were Henry James Ormandy and Margaret Ellen Ormandy (nee Taylor). He went to school first at Phillipstown Primary before moving to Wharenui School. He attended Wharenui school from 1 February 1910 until 30 August 1912 when, having attained standard three, he went off to work at Methven.

He worked at Henderson Brothers, stock agents of Methven, until joining the Army. He was also in the 2nd South Canterbury Territorials.

On reaching his 20th birthday Harry volunteered for military service and underwent his medical examination on 5 April 1918 in Christchurch. He was given a 'A' medical classification (fit for overseas service) and was noted as 5' 9'' tall and weighed 133 lbs. 

Within weeks he was called up for training and appeared at King Edward Barracks on 20 May 1918. A number of men who also reported that day were draftees including those who were married men without children. There is an account in the Sun newspaper of the farewell for the Christchurch quota for the forty second contingent (which Harry was in), in which the authorities had heard rumours of a planned protest, beefed up security, yet the protest did not eventuate. The contingent then left the barracks for the Chrsitchurch train station.

Harry was initially placed in A company of the 41st Reinforcements on 20 May but on 13 July 1918 he was posted to A company of the 42nd. Once basic training was complete the Company embarkded aboard the Tofua, troopship No. 109 from Wellington on 1st August 1918, and they disembarked in London on the 4th October 1918. The Company arrived at Brockton Camp in Shropshire, Birmingham the same day and Harry was posted to the NZ Rifle Brigade Reserve Depot. 

He was admitted to Cannock Chase Military Hospital, on the outskirts of Birmingham on 31 October 1918 with Pneumonia and died of the disease on 9 November 1918, never having seen active service. His death was reported in the the Star.

He was buried in the Channock Chase Military Cemetery (Grave Reference 4. H. 10.) on 9 November 1918  in the Church of England section.

He was remembered in The Press Roll of HonourA letter of condolence was sent to his mother, Mrs ME Ormandy, of 527 Tuam Street East, Linwood, together with a war pension. He had two elder brothers Leslie Colin and France Osborne both of whom served in the New Zealand Field Artillery and survived the War.

Harry is remembered on the Wharenui School Memorial Gates and the Wharenui School Roll of Honour board

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Henry James "Harry" Ormandy


First Names:Harry James
Last Name:Ormandy
Place of Birth:Christchurch