MANGIN, Orton Avena
(Service number 3/105)
|First Rank||Private||Last Rank||Sergeant|
|Date||28 February 1893||Place of Birth||Timaru|
|Address at Enlistment||Waverley Private Hotel, Wellington|
|Previous Military Experience|
|Next of Kin||Robert MANGIN (father), Rototawai, Featherston|
|Served with||NZ Armed Forces||Served in||Army|
|Body on Embarkation||New Zealand Rifle Brigade, 1st Battalion|
|Unit, Squadron, or Ship||New Zealand Medical Corps|
|Date||9 October 1915|
|Embarked From||Wellington||Destination||Suez, Egypt|
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Award Circumstances and Date
Prisoner of War Information
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Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses
Clerk; accountant; secretary; freezing worker
|Date||25 August 1989||Age||96 years|
|Place of Death||Upper Hutt|
|Memorial or Cemetery||Karori Crematorium, Wellington|
|New Zealand Memorials|
Orton Avena Mangin was born on 28 February 1893 at Timaru, the middle son of Robert and Agnes (née Hay). His mother may well have come back to Timaru from mid-Canterbury for the births of her three sons. He started at Selwyn School when he was five years old and transferred to Onga Onga School when the family moved to the North Island in 1900. His secondary education was at Napier Boys High School. He was a clerk in Wellington and single when he enlisted. He named his father as next-of-kin – Robert Mangin, Rototawai, Featherston. Private O. A. Mangin embarked with the New Zealand Medical Corps of the New Zealand Rifle Brigade, leaving Wellington for Suez, Egypt on 9 October 1915 per the “Tahiti”. His brother William departed by the same embarkation.
Post-war, Orton was a clerk, accountant, secretary, and freezing worker before retiring in the 1960s. He married Gladys Mabel Billows in 1920; they divorced in 1932. In 1937 Orton married Frieda Veronica Cassidy; they too, divorced, in 1955. He died on 25 August 1989 at Upper Hutt, aged 96 years, and was cremated at Karori, Wellington.
Both his brothers, William Francis Mangin and George Stanley Mangin, served in World War One; as did several cousins – John Thomas Mangin, who was killed in action in 1918 in France, Harold Leslie Mangin, Reginald James Leslie Duff and George Leslie Duff; and others connected to the family - Arnold Haswell Cartwright, George Albert Cartwright. Noel Orton Mangin, a son of Orton and Gladys, served in World War Two.
Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotaph Database [15 November 2021]; NZ BDM Indexes (Department of Internal Affairs); School Admission records [04 December 2021]; Karori Crematorium record (Wellington City Council) [04 December 2021]; NZ Electoral Rolls (ancestry.com,au) [05 December 2021]
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