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Pte Arthur Albert Ormerod - 2nd Bn, East Lancashire Regiment


Paul Ormerod
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Remembering today Private 6685 Arthur Albert Ormerod - 2nd Bn, East Lancashire Regiment - who died on 18 January 1915.

On this date the 2nd Battalion, East Lancashire Regiment, were holding 'A' lines trenches between Pont Logy and Port Arthur, to the southeast of Neuve Chapelle. The close support line was at Rouge-Croix, Brigade Reserve at Red Barn, and Divisional Reserve in Pont Rochon.

They shared their duty in the trenches with the 1st Sherwood Foresters. Lieutenants G.A. Seckham and E.A.M. Larkins were killed by snipers on 6 and 18 January 1915 respectively.

News of Arthur's death appeared in the Burnley News on 17 February 1915. The article read:

"Church Soldier Killed

Private Arthur Albert Ormerod, of the 2nd East Lancashires, has been killed at the front, an official intimation having been received by his wife, who resides in Henry-street, Church. Deceased went through the Boer war, and on the outbreak of the present war he again volunteered for service. Private Ormerod was killed in a battle on the Aisne. He was 36 years of age, and leaves a widow and two children. His brother, Richard Ormerod, is a colour-sergeant in the same regiment."

Arthur is buried in Cabaret-Rouge British Cemetery, Souchez, France (Grave Ref. XXVI. A. 4).

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Edited by Paul Ormerod
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