George Ormrod


Private 64808

Machine Gun Corps (Infantry)

The Commonwealth War Graves Commission Debt of Honour Register notes that George died on 11 August 1918, and is buried in Bury (St Paul) Churchyard, Bury (Grave Ref. 2752).

The Commonwealth War Graves Commission website currently advises: "07.06.2006 PLEASE NOTE: The memorial that commemorates the casualties has been removed to safe storage and will be replaced once the conversion of the church into apartments is completed."

The Soldiers Died in the Great War Database records that George was born in Bury, where he also enlisted in the Army. Prior to joining the Machine Gun Corps, George served with the Lancashire Fusiliers, with the Regimental Number 35462.

George's military service record notes:

04/07/1916 - Initially posted to the Lancashire Fusiliers, as Private 35462

17/10/1916 - Transferred to the Machine Gun Corps

04/03/1917 - Posted to France

14/03/1917 - Posted to 169 Coy

04/06/1917 - Posted to B.D.

01/08/1917 - Posted to 169 Coy

25/09/1917 - Posted to B.D.

09/11/1917 - Posted to 167 Coy

04/01/1918 - Posted to R.D. Coy

Both 169 and 167 Coys served with 56th (1st London) Division.

Between March - December 1917, the Division was involved in the following actions:

The German retreat to the Hindenburg Line (14 March - 5 April)

The First Battle of the Scarpe (9 - 14 April)

The Third Battle of the Scarpe (3 - 4 May)

The Battle of Langemarck (16 - 17 August)

The capture of Tadpole Copse (21 November)

The capture of Bourlon Wood (23 - 28 November)

The German counter attacks at Cambrai (30 November - 2 December)

Wounded (Gas) on 23/12/1917 (167th Coy)

Admitted to hospital on 4 January 1918, but died on 11 August 1918 - gassed & appendicitis and actinomycosis.