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Major Michael Jordan – British Royal Ordinance ( attached to General Deniken Russian Army)  
 
Michael Jordan was born in Christchurch on the 16th May 1882 to Mary (nee Culkeen) and Michael Jordan. Michael had
an older sister Mary, older brother Thomas and two younger sisters[i].

The family had moved to the Porirua District by 1887 possibly for Michael senior to work on the Manawatu Wellington Railway. The railway company was building a line between Wellington and Palmerston North. Michael snr is listed as a
plate layer living in Tawa in 1897[ii].

Michael was enrolled in 1887, as a five year old, at the Porirua School. Michael’s older brother Thomas enrolled a year later in 1888 and his two younger sisters Ellen and Margaret also attended the school.

It is possible that Michael attended, as did his older brother Thomas, Wellington College. Michael after leaving college
went to sea. In the 1902 – 1903 NZ Marine Department’s Annual Report Michael Jordan is listed as an 3rd class engineer licensed for foreign trade.

Michael was employed as an engineer employed by the NZ Shipping. While in England Michael resigned his engineering position and enlisted as a Private in the British Army.[iii] Private Jordan was sent to France in 1915 fighting in the Ypres sector with the British 1st Division. Private Jordan was recommended for a commission and was sent back to England for officer training. Private Jordan went into the Army Ordnance Corps, at Woolwich Ordnance College. On graduation, probably as Lieutenant Jordan, he was appointed as inspector coastal defences from Bristol to Devonport.

Lieutenant Jordan was then sent to Salonika where a British force opposed Bulgarian forces on the Macedonian Front.
The Allied forces in 1918 defeated the Bulgarian forces and started to push towards Constantinople the capital of the Ottoman Empire in October 1918 the Ottoman’s offered an armistice ending the war in the Middle East. It was during this campaign that Lieutenant Jordan was promoted to Captain.

There was civil war in Russia with forces supporting the Communists (Red) and
the Royalist (White) opposing each other. In 1919 Captain Jordan was promoted to
Major Jordan and appointed as technical advisor to White Russian
General Deniken’s army. In a letter received by his older brother Thomas,
Major Jordan wrote:

“General Deniken’s army in the Caucasus consist of a large number of
Cossacks, and they have a fair number of British guns with them. The only
staff he is taking with him is a small party of expert artificers, who have
volunteered for the purposes.”

                                                                                                    General Denikin

General Deniken’s forces were eventually defeated by the Red Army and
survivors were evacuated from the Crimea Peninsular. Major Jordan by 1921
had made his way to Cairo, Egypt.

There was a nationalist uprising in Egypt in the 1920’s and Europeans and their
allies became a target on the 22nd February 1922 Michael Jordan was assassinated in the streets of Cairo.

In December 1921, Mr Hatton, a British employee of the Egyptian State Railway, was killed by gunfire. Two months later
Mr Michael Jordan a British resident and Mr Brown of the Egyptian Department of Instruction were also slain.[iv]’

Michael’s family inserted a memorial noted in the Evening Post in 1923[v]

                “Jordan: - In loving memory of Michael Jordan, who
                was assassinated in Cairo on the 17th February 1922.

                Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do”

Michael and Thomas Jordan are both remembered on the Porirua School Roll of Honour as old boys from the school
listed among ‘ these also served’ in the First World War.[vi]

References
NZ BDM
Paperspast Online
The British in Egypt: Community, Crime and Crises 1882 – 1922
Porirua School Jubilee
Wises and NZ Post Directories (Wellington)

Photos
General Deniken: Google photos
White Russian Army - Cossacks: Google photos

[i]    NZ BDM
[ii]   Wises Directory- Wellington District
[iii]   Major Jordan with General Deniken, 30th August 1919, Taranaki Daily News
[iv]  The British in Egypt: Community , Crime and Crises 1882 - 1922
[v]   In Memoriam, 17th February 1923, Evening Post
[vi]  Porirua School Jubilee 1872 – 1948
White Russian - Cossacks