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Paul Ormerod

Pte Walter Ormerod - 8th Bn, East Lancashire Regiment

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Paul Ormerod

Remembering Walter Ormerod (Private 29126 - 8th Bn, East Lancashire Regiment), who died on 2 January 1917, and is buried in St Venant Communal Cemetery, France.

The Commonwealth Debt of Honour Register records that Walter was the husband of Mrs W. Ormerod, of Hall Carr Cottages, Rawtenstall - though the Army Register of Soldiers' Effects records that his effects were left to his widow, Alice A. Ormerod.

The Debt of Honour Register records that Walter was 38 years old at the time of his death.

His death was reported in the Rossendale Free Press on 13 January 1917, which noted his residence as Hall Farm Cottages, Rawtenstall.

Walter's name is commemorated on the Rawtenstall War Memorial.

At the time of Walter's death, 8th (Service) Battalion, East Lancashire Regiment were part of 112th Brigade in 37th Division.

The Soldiers Died in the Great War Database records that Walter was born and enlisted in the Army in Rawtenstall. The Database simply notes that Walter "died" on 2 January 1917.

Prior to Walter's death the 8th Bn, East Lancashire Regiment, had been in the line in the Festubert Left Sub Sector.

On 23 December 1916 the Battalion had relieved the 1st Bn, Royal West Kent Regiment, and they remained in the line until 28 December 1916, when they were relieved in turn by the 11th Bn, Royal Warwickshire Regiment and proceeded to billets in Le Touret.

During their tour in the trenches the Battalion War Diary records:

"Enemy moderately quiet slight Minenwerfer activity casualties 2 OR killed 1 officer wounded 9 OR wounded."

Edited by Paul Ormerod

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His Number indicates Conscription - Military Service Act - 25th May 1916. Looks like Sept 16 on joining. Age of Death 38.







Edited by ATNOMIS

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The war gratuity which was paid indicates 12 months or less service at the time of death.

I would suspect he was part of a batch mobilized on 21 Aug 1916

#29118 was allocated 21 Aug 1916
#29132 was allocated 21 Aug 1916
#29141 was allocated 21 Aug 1916


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