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BURTON, Ormond Edward, M.M.
Educationalist and Pacifist.
A new biography of Burton, Ormond Edward appears in the Dictionary of New Zealand Biography on this site.p>Ormond Edward Burton was born in Auckland on 16 January 1893 and educated at Auckland University. He was a teacher at several stages of his life, but he is better known as a Christian pacifist and churchman of high ideals and strong individual convictions. During the First World War he saw active service and was awarded the Military Medal and the Medaille d'Honneur. In 1935 he entered the Methodist Ministry from which he was expelled in 1942 on account of his activities in the Christian Pacifist Society (chairman, 1937–45). Because of these activities he was imprisoned four times. Re-admitted to the Methodist Church in 1955, he has lived in retirement since 1960. His publications include Our Little Bit, the Auckland Regiment (1921); A Study in Creative History (1930); The Silent Division (1935); The Conflict of the Cross (1939); Bart (1944); In Prison (1945); and Arthur Liversedge (1951).