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Harry ORMEROD

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Surname: ORMEROD

Forename(s): Harry

Place of Birth: Burnley, Lancashire

Service No: 266209

Rank: Private

Regiment / Corps / Service: Duke of Wellington’s (West Riding Regiment)

Battalion / Unit: 2/6th Battalion

Division: 62nd (2/West Riding) Division

Age: 20

Date of Death: 1917-06-09

Awards: ---

CWGC Grave / Memorial Reference: VI. E. 9.

CWGC Cemetery: MONS (BERGEN) COMMUNAL CEMETERY

CWGC Memorial: ---

Non-CWGC Burial: ---

Local War Memorial: EARBY, YORKSHIRE

Local War Memorial: KELBROOK, YORKSHIRE

Additional Information:

Harry Ormerod was the son of Sutcliffe and Martha Ann Ormerod, née Cork. Both parents were born at Burnley, Lancashire.

1901 Kelbrook, Yorkshire Census: Waterloo Road - Harry Ormerod, aged 4 years, born Burnley, Lancashire, son of Sutcliff [sic] and Martha Ann Ormerod.

1911 Kelbrook, Yorkshire Census: 2, Waterloo Road - Harry Ormerod, aged 14 years, born Burnley, Lancashire, son of Sutcliffe and Martha Ann Ormerod.

Harry died as a prisoner of war at Mons, Belgium.

British Army WW1 Medal Rolls Index Cards: Pte Harry Ormerod, 266209, West Riding Regiment.

Army Registers of Soldiers' Effects: Pte Harry Ormerod, 3493; 266209, 2/6th Bn W. Riding. Date and Place of Death: 9.6.17 Mons officially accepted. To whom Authorised: Mother and sole legatee - Martha A. Amount Authorised: £17 15s. 9d.

See also:
‘Earby in the First World War’ by Stephanie Carter, published by Earby & District Local History Society (2014).
‘Our Finest Crop’ by Steven Marshall, published by Earby & District Local History Society (2020).

Data Source: Craven’s Part in the Great War - original CPGW book entry

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Entry in West Yorkshire Pioneer Illustrated War Record:

ORMEROD, Harry, West Riding Regiment, son of Mr. and Mrs. Sutcliffe Ormerod, Middle Hague, Kelbrook, died Prisoner of War in Germany, June 9, 1917.

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Private Harry ORMEROD

Private Harry ORMEROD

Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: Duke of Wellington’s (West Riding Regiment)

Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: Duke of Wellington’s (West Riding Regiment)

Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: 62nd (2/West Riding) Division

Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: 62nd (2/West Riding) Division

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Surname: ORMEROD

Forename(s): Harry

Born:

Residence: Kelbrooke, Yorks

Enlisted: Earby, Yorks

Number: 266209

Rank: Private

Regiment: Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment)

Battalion: 2/6th Battalion

Decorations:

Died Date: 09/06/17

Died How: Died

Theatre of War: France & Flanders

Notes:

Data from Commonwealth War Graves Commission Records

CWGC Data for Soldier Records

Surname: ORMEROD

Forename(s): Harry

Country of Service: United Kingdom

Service Number: 266209

Rank: Private

Regiment: Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment)

Unit: 2nd/6th Bn.

Age: 20

Awards:

Died Date: 09/06/1917

Additional Information: Son of Sutcliffe and Martha Ann Ormerod, of Hague House, Kelbrook, Colne, Lancs. (CWGC Headstone Personal Inscription: IN MEMORY OF OUR DEARLY LOVED SON WHO DIED TO SAVE LOVED ONES)

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01 June 1917

EARBY – MISSING

Mr. and Mrs. Sutcliffe Ormerod, Middle Hague Houses, Kelbrook, have received from a relative in the same regiment a letter stating that their son, Private Harry Ormerod, Duke of Wellington’s, has been missing since May 4th.

22 June 1917

NEWS OF TWO ‘MISSING’ KELBROOK SOLDIERS

The relatives of two Kelbrook soldiers, who had previously been reported missing, were greatly relieved on Sunday last to receive the following letter from Private Stephen P. Cowgill, West Yorkshire Regiment. The letter was addressed to his mother, who now resides at 4, Dam-head Cottages, Barnoldswick, from Limburg, Germany:– “Just a few lines to you hoping they will find you quite well. I expect you will be surprised to hear that I am a prisoner of war and slightly wounded in the arm. I was captured on the 12th of May. You must not worry at all about me, as I am going on jolly fine. The treatment is jolly good. You will see I have sent you my address. Harry Ormerod is in the same hospital. He is wounded in the lungs with shrapnel. Will you let his mother know because he cannot write himself? We are only allowed to write a letter once a month, and a card once a week.”

Pte. Ormerod is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Sutcliffe Ormerod, Middle Hague, Kelbrook.

24 August 1917

ORMEROD – June 9th 1917, died in hospital as a prisoner of war in Germany, Pte. Harry Ormerod, Duke of Wellington’s Regiment, son of Mr. and Mrs. Sutcliffe Ormerod, Middle Hague, Kelbrook, aged 20 years.

24 August 1917

KELBROOK – DEATH AS A PRISONER IN GERMANY

News was received on Saturday of the death in Germany of Pte. Harry Ormerod, Duke of Wellington’s Regiment, eldest son of Mr. and Mrs. Sutcliffe Ormerod, Middle Hague, Kelbrook.

He went to France in February last and was reported missing on the 3rd May. Several weeks later a letter was received from Pte. Stephen Cowgill, another Kelbrook soldier, stating that he and Ormerod were prisoners in Germany, both wounded and in hospital. The serious condition of the latter may be inferred from the fact that he had never been able to write home, and died on June 9th. Pte. Ormerod was 20 years of age, and formerly employed at Dotcliffe Mill (Messrs. J. J Duckworth Ltd.), Kelbrook.

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22 June 1917

NEWS OF TWO “MISSING” KELBROOK SOLDIERS

The relatives of two Kelbrook soldiers who had previously been reported missing were greatly relieved on Sunday last to receive the following letter from Private Stephen P. Cowgill, West Yorkshire Regiment. The letter was addressed to his mother, who now resides at 4, Dam-head Cottages, Barnoldswick, from Limburg, Germany: – “Just a few lines to you, hoping they will find you quite well. I expect you will be surprised to hear that I am a prisoner of war and slightly wounded in the arm. I was captured on the I2th of May. You must not worry at all about me, as I am going on jolly fine. The treatment is jolly good. You will see I have sent you my address. Harry Ormerod is in the same hospital. He in wounded in the lungs with shrapnel. Will you let his mother know because he cannot write himself. We are only allowed to write a letter once a month, and a card once a week.”

Private Ormerod is the son of Mr. and Mm. Sutcliffe Ormerod, Middle Hague, Kelbrook.

24 August 1917

ORMEROD – Died in Germany, Pte Harry Ormerod, of the West Riding Regiment, son of Mr. and Mrs. Sutcliffe Ormerod, Middle Hague, Kelbrook, aged 20.

24 August 1917

KELBROOK MAN’S DEATH IN GERMAN PRISON

News was received on Saturday of the death in Germany of Pte. Harry Ormerod, Duke of Wellington’s Regiment, eldest son of Mr. and Mrs. Sutcliffe Ormerod, Middle Hague, Kelbrook. He went to France in February last, and was reported missing on the 3rd May. Several weeks later a letter was received from Pte. Stephen Cowgill, another Kelbrook soldier, that he and Ormerod were prisoners in Germany, both wounded and in hospital. The serious condition of the latter may be inferred from the fact that he had never been able to write home, and died on June 9th. Pte. Ormerod was 20 years of age, and formerly employed at Dotcliffe Mill (Messrs. J.J. Duckworth Ltd.), Kelbrook.

21 June 1918

In loving memory of my dear brother, Pte. Harry Ormerod, who died from wounds on June 9th, 1917, aged 20 years.

Somewhere in Belgium in a hero’s grave,
My dear brother’s sleeping among the brave;
O Lord, how wondrous are Thy ways,
To take his life in the best of his days.

I often think of the days that are gone,
When we were both together;
A shadow o’er my life is cast,
A dear one gone for ever.

– Never forgotten by his Brother Jim in Kent.

In loving memory of our dear nephew, Pte. Harry Ormerod, of the Duke of Wellington’s Regiment, who died of wounds June 9th, 1917, aged 20 years.

He went from his hearth and his home
In response to his country’s call;
And just like the Saviour he loved,
He gave up his life for us all.

– From his Aunt Alice Ann and Uncle Harry in France.

In loving remembrance of Pte. Harry Ormerod, Duke of Wellington’s, Kelbrook, who died from wounds on June 9th, 1917, aged 20 years.

The happy hours we once enjoyed,
How sweet their memory clings;
A loving comrade, true and kind,
A beautiful memory left behind.

– From his dear pal, Pte. C.E. Atkins.

How little we thought when we said good-bye,
We parted for ever and you were to die;
One year has passed, my heart still sore,
As time goes on I miss you more.

One of the dearest, one of the best,
God in his mercy took you to rest.

– From his dearest pal, Pte. George Wroe.

Is sad and loving memory if our dear son and brother, Pte Harry Ormerod, of the Duke of Wellington’s Regiment, who died from wounds June 9th, 1917, received in action in France on May 3rd, aged 20 years.

We often think of you, dear Harry,
And our hearts are sad with pain;
All this world would be a heaven
Could we hear your voice again.

Could we but have clasped his hand,
The lad we loved so well;
To kiss his brow when death was nigh,
And whispered a last farewell.

Days of sadness still come o’er us,
Hidden tears oft’ times flow;
But memory keeps our loved one near us,
Although he died one year ago.

– From his sorrowing Mother and Father, Sisters and Brother, Middle Hague, Kelbrook.

In loving memory of our dear friend, Pte. Harry Ormerod, Duke of Wellington’s Regiment, who died from wounds on June 9th, 1917, aged 20 years.

The fairest of flowers are the first to fall,
A friend so true and brave;
He nobly answered his country’s call
And for us his life he gave.

We pictured his safe returning,
We longed to clasp his hand;
But God has postponed the meeting
Till we meet in the Better Land.

– Ever remembered by his friends at Long Hill Farm, Foulridge.

In loving memory of our dear nephew, Pte. Harry Ormerod, of the Duke of Wellington’s Regiment, who died of wounds June 9th, 1917, aged 20 years.

We pictured his safe returning,
We longed to clasp his hand;
But God has postponed the meeting
Till we meet in the Better Land.

In the bloom of his youth death claimed him,
In the pride of his manhood days;
None knew him but to love him,
None mentioned his name but with praise.

– From his Aunties, Mrs. Bailey and Miss Ormerod, 81, Colne Road, Earby.

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