Harold Ormrod


Guardsman 1257
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

Grenadier Guards 4 Attested Pte 8.1.15
Welsh Guards 1 Transferred Pte 4.415
  1 Appointed unpaid LCpl 17.9.15
Attached to 3rd Guards Bde M. Gun Coy from 08.10.15 and transferred as a Machine Gunner from 17.1.16
  1 Appointed Acting Cpl 8.3.16
  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  
    To hospital   4.1.17
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