Guards' Cemetery, Lesboeufs
Lesboeufs is a village 16 kilometres north-east of Albert.
Lesboeufs was attacked by the Guards Division on 15 September 1916 and captured by them on the 25th. It was lost on 24 March 1918 during the great German offensive, after a stubborn resistance by part of the 63rd Bn Machine Gun Corps, and recaptured on 29 August by the 10th Bn South Wales Borderers.
At the time of the Armistice, the Cemetery consisted of only 40 graves (now Plot I), mainly those of officers and men of the 2nd Grenadier Guards who died on 25 September 1916, but it was very greatly increased when graves were brought in from the battlefields and small cemeteries round Lesboeufs. There are now 3,136 casualties of the First World War buried or commemorated in this cemetery. 1,643 of the burials are unidentified but there are special memorials to 83 soldiers known or believed to be buried among them - including Charles H. Ormerod (Grave Ref. Sp. Mem. 36.), of the Royal Artillery, who died on 10 November 1916.
Although shown on the Commonwealth War Graves Commission Debt of Honour Register as 'C.H. Ormerod', and found through research to be Charles H. Ormerod, Charles' grave records his middle initial as 'N'.
|KNOWN TO BE BURIED / IN THIS CEMETERY / 79785 GUNNER / C.N. ORMEROD / ROYAL FIELD ARTILLERY / 10TH NOVEMBER 1916 / THEIR GLORY SHALL NOT / BE BLOTTED OUT|