MANGIN, Orton Avena
(Service number 3/105)

First Rank Private Last Rank Sergeant


Date 28 February 1893 Place of Birth Timaru

Enlistment Information

Date Age
Address at Enlistment Waverley Private Hotel, Wellington
Occupation Clerk
Previous Military Experience
Marital Status Single
Next of Kin Robert MANGIN (father), Rototawai, Featherston
Religion Presbyterian
Medical Information

Military Service

Served with NZ Armed Forces Served in Army
Military District

Embarkation Information

Body on Embarkation New Zealand Rifle Brigade, 1st Battalion
Unit, Squadron, or Ship New Zealand Medical Corps
Date 9 October 1915
Transport Tahiti
Embarked From Wellington Destination Suez, Egypt
Other Units Served With
Last Unit Served With

Military Awards

Service Medals
Military Awards

Award Circumstances and Date

No information

Prisoner of War Information

Date of Capture
Where Captured and by Whom
Actions Prior to Capture
PoW Serial Number
PoW Camps
Days Interned
Liberation Date


Date Reason

Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses

Post-war Occupations

Clerk; accountant; secretary; freezing worker


Date 25 August 1989 Age 96 years
Place of Death Upper Hutt
Memorial or Cemetery Karori Crematorium, Wellington
Memorial Reference
New Zealand Memorials

Biographical Notes

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 (,au) [05 December 2021]

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