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Oliver Ormrod enlisted in the Territorial Force on 20th September 1915 in Oldham, Lancashire. Before his mobilization, he was on the strength of the 10th (Reserve) Battalion of the Manchester Regiment, service number 3908.

At the time of his enlistment, Oliver was 29 years old. He gave his address as living with his wife Nellie, and their two children at 27 Hardy Street, Gorton, Manchester.

Oliver was transferred into the 1/4th (Territorial) Battalion of the Loyal North Lancashire Regiment, sailing from Folkstone to Boulogne on 4th August 1916. He joined his new Battalion in the field on the 16th. Oliver was assigned to ‘C’ Company.

The following month, on 9th September 1916, Oliver was reported as missing in action, presumed killed.

Delville Wood

On 9th September 1916 the ‘B’ and ‘C’ Companies of the 1/4th Battalion were in action at Delville Wood. At 17:25 hrs the Loyal North Lancs went over the top, with the objective of taking HOP ALLEY. Their objective was soon realised, and they held their new ground. The second wave of the attack involved the Lancashire Fusiliers taking ALE ALLEY. Unfortunately this objective they were not able achieve.

This failing by the Lancashire Fusiliers left the Loyals wide open to a continuous barrage of machine-gun fire. They were forced to withdraw to their original line.

Casualties were heavy, original assessments were 24 men killed, 125 men wounded and 79 men missing. Many of the missing, including Private Oliver Ormrod, would later be presumed as having died.

Private Oliver Ormrod is remembered on the Thiepval Memorial.

Rank: Private
Service No: 202739
Date of Death: 09/09/1916
Regiment/Service: The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment, 1st/4th Bn.

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2 Responses to 202739 PTE. O. ORMROD. L.N.LAN.R

  1. Denese French says:

    It was lovely to read about my grandad Oliver Ormrod, I am so sad that I never met him or knew what he looked like.

    • Jane white says:

      Hi, I am a relative of Oliver, Mary Ormrod is my great great grandparent. There is a photo of him which I can direct you to, so please contact me here. Thank you.

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