Thursday, 28 May 2015

Ormerod, Fred - Private (26469)

Private Fred Ormerod
2nd/5th Battalion
Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment)
Killed in Action
4th February 1918
Age 34,
Buried at Roclincourt Military Cemetery

Newspaper Report:

Mr. and Mrs. Ormerod of 8 Spring Vale, Haslingden, have received the sad news of the loss of their son, Private Fred ormerod, who was killed in action on February 4th.
For 14 months he had been in the Labour Batt., but was transferred to the West Riding Regt, in September last.  He was highly respected and on the roll of honour at Manchester Road Sunday School.
He was formerly a weaver at Carr and Parker's Mill, 34 years of age and single.

Newspaper Memorials:

In loving memory of Fred Ormerod, 26469 2/5th  West Riding Regiment. Who was killed in France, February 4th 1918, and interred at Roclincourt Military Cemetery, North East of Arras.

"What pain he bore we cannot tell,
We never saw him die;
We only know he passed away,
And never said good-bye.

Some day we hope to meet him,
Some day we know not when,
To clasp his hand in the better Land,
Ne ver to part again."

From Father, Mother, and Family.

"One year has passed and still we miss him,
Friends may think the wound is healed.
But they little know the sorrow,
Deep within our hearts is sealed."

From his loving Mother and Family, 8 Spring Vale, Haslingden.

Chris Payne said on 20th October 2015...
Thank you very much for this information. I am currently researching my grandfather's military service (1916-1919) and I have been looking in some detail at the background of men who served in the same battalion. In France, he was in the same battalion as Fred Ormerod (2/5th West Riding Regiment)and the two men were about the same age and would quite likely have known each other to some extent. I am currently writing a book based on my grandfather's letters and diaries. If you are interested, you may like to check out some of my blog posts at