James Richard Ormrod


Lance Corporal 241127
2nd/5th Bn, South Lancashire Regiment

The Commonwealth War Graves Debt of Honour Register records that James was the son of William Ormrod, of 29 Bramwell Street, Parr, St Helens.

He died on 18 July 1918 and is buried in Cologne Southern Cemetery, Germany (Grave Ref. XV. A. 50).

James is commemorated on the Memorial Panel in St Peter's Church, Broad Oak Road, Parr, Merseyside.

The 2nd/5th Battalion, South Lancashire Regiment, a Territorial Battalion, was formed in St Helens in September 1914. From 8 February 1915 it was attached to 172nd Brigade, 57th (2nd West Lancashire) Division, and on 25 February 1918, the Battalion was disbanded in France.

The Soldiers Died in the Great War Database records that James was born in Ashton-In-Makerfield, and enlisted in the Army in St Helens. The Database also records that James died on the Home Front, though the fact that he is buried in Cologne, Germany, would point to him having been a prisoner of war.

The Army Registers of Soldiers' Effects confirms that James died in Germany - in the War Hospital in Essen.

James' brother, Matthew Ormrod, is also recorded on the Commonwealth War Graves Commission Debt of Honour Register - having died on 30 December 1918, whilst serving with the 49th Training Reserve.

James' grave in Cologne Southern Cemetery