The Ormerods of Gambleside


Henry Hobhouse

of Hadspen House, Castle Cary, Somerset

Paul Edward Hobhouse

6th Bn, Somerset Light Infantry
Died on Thursday 21 March 1918, aged 23 years.
Son of The Rt Hon. Henry Hobhouse, of Hadspen House, Castle Cary,Somerset.
Educated at Eton College and New College, Oxford. Volunteered, August1914.

He has no known grave, and his name appears on the Pozières Memorial -Panel 25 and 26.

On 21 March 1918 6th Bn, Somerset Light Infantry formed part of 43rdBrigade, the 14th (Light) Division.
The 14th (Light) Division were holding a 2.5 mile front, with6/Somersets, 9/KRRC and 8/KRRC holding front positions. These wereoverwhelmed by just after 9 a.m., and the enemy reached Battle Zone by11 a.m. Some posts in the Forward Zone near Urvillers held out until 4p.m.
The 14th Division were attacked by 4 German Divisions of IV ReserveCorps (a German superiority of 4:1).

Charles Ormerod

of Winchester College and Lincoln College, Oxford

Lived at Brighton.

Had two children who were baptised at St Marylebone, All Souls.

Sarah Collett

Living at Bedford Park, Croydon, Surrey, at the time of the 1881Census.
Living on income from dividends at this time.
There were also two servants living at the house: Sarah Simmonds(unmarried, 50 years, born in Isleworth, Middlesex, cook); and ClaraVerrell (unmarried, 23 years, born in Croydon, Surrey, housemaid).

George James Thursby

Educated at Radley School.

Became a successful jockey, and rode his brother's horse, John o'Gaunt, to second place in the Derby of 1906.
Runner up in the Epsom classic on a horse called Picton.

In 1907 he rose eighteen winners out of forty eight starts.

Sold Ormerod House to a local colliery company in 1922.
The property was bought solely for the minerals which rested beneaththe house, though the company did use the old house for adminstrativepurposes for some time after the sale.
The sale of the property realised more than £34,000 and the contentsbrought in a further £6,150.

Sir George settled at Boveridge Park, Dorset, and all his interestswere centred on the south of England.

Died at his shooting lodge in Scotland, and at his own request, hisbody was cremated and the ashes scattered over Salisbury race course.

Gerald Hardy Thursby

Died in infancy.

Geoffrey Aspinall

of Standen Hall, Clitheroe

Educated at Eton, and Trinity College, Cambridge.
Whilst at Eton played for the school, as wicket-keeper, in the famousannual cricket match against their arch-rivals, Harrow.

Called to the bar in 1908, having graduated in 1906.

Accepted a nomination for the parliamentary seat at Walworth, but wasunsuccessful.

Moved to Skipwith, Yorkshire, following his marriage to Clara.

Took a flat in London at the outbreak of the First World War.
Served with the Lancashire Hussars throughout this conflict.

Went to live at Lympstone, near Exmouth, in Devon, following the war.

In 1922 went to live in Tiverton, Devon.

Served in the Home Guard during the Second World War, and also took upemployment in a munitions factory.

Clara Thursby

Clara Thursby wrote a book entitled "The Very Young Life of ClaraThursby", which describes her childhood.

She was born at 37 Ennismore Gardens, London.

Wrote two novels. The first one, "Fairyhood" was published in 1927,and the second "Iron Blue" in 1932.