4th Bn, Guards Machine Gun Regiment
Harold Ormrod died on 7 July 1919, aged 28, and is buried in Atherton Cemetery, Greater Manchester (Grave Ref. C.E. 2082).
The Commonwealth War Graves Debt of Honour Register records that Harold Ormrod was the husband of Lily Ormrod, of 11 Elizabeth St, Atherton.
Prior to joining the Army, Harold was a collier.
Harold's Army Service Record records that he was attested on 8 January 1915, and appointed to the Grenadier Guards. At this time he was living at 11 Elizabeth Street, Atherton, with his wife Lily, his stepson, Harold, and his children: Dorothy, George and Harold.
His Service Record further notes:
Joined at Caterham on 10.1.15
|Attached to 3rd Guards Bde M. Gun Coy from 08.10.15 and transferred as a Machine Gunner from 17.1.16|
|1||Deprived of Acting Rank||LCpl||9.6.16|
|(Deprived of Acting Rank by his C.O. for neglect of duty in not attending to an order given by a senior N.C.O.)|
|1||Reverted at own request||Pte|
|Guards Machine Gun Battalion||Tranferred||Pte||1.2.17|
|Discharged being no longer physically fit for War Service||Pte||24.1.18|
Home 8.1.15 - 16.8.15
France 17.8.15 - 29.1.17
Home 30.1.17 - 24.1.18
From Harold's medical record it would appear that Harold was a boxer, who suffered several injuries as a result of fights.
He was disabled as a result of an injury originally suffered when he was blown up by a shell explosion in September 1916; although he did not go to hospital and received treatment for underlying injuries until January 1917.
Harold's grave in Atherton Cemetery, Greater Manchester
|Harold's name commemorated on Atherton Cenotaph|