Oliver Hugh Ormrod
Royal Field Artillery & Royal Flying Corps
Oliver was born at Holt, co. Denbigh, on 3 October 1885, the eldest son of Oliver Ormerod, of Pickhill Hall, co. Denbigh, and Emily (née Moreland).
He was educated at Sandroyd and Eton, and after leaving school he studied Farming and Land Agency.
Oliver was in the Denbighshire Hussars, and retired as a Lieutenant, before going out to Canada, where he entered into business in Vancouver, British Columbia.
On the outbreak of the First World War Oliver returned to Britain, and obtained a commission in the Royal Field Artillery. He was gazetted Lieutenant in October 1914, promoted to Captain in February 1915, and served with the British Expeditionary Force in France and Flanders from July 1915, as Adjutant to the 87th Brigade, Royal Field Artillery.
In December 1915 Oliver contracted enteric fever, and he was invalided home in February 1916.
On his recovery he transferred to the Royal Flying Corps (May 1916). He obtained his "wings" and was about to return to France as a pilot when he was killed in a flying accident at Gosport, Hampshire, on 12 September 1916.
Oliver is buried in the south-east part of the churchyard of St Dunawd Church, Bangor Is-coed, Flintshire, along with his two brothers, Lionel James Ormrod and Lawrence Moreland Ormrod, who were also killed during the First World War.
On the Commonwealth War Graves Commission Debt of Honour Register Oliver is shown as 'O.H. Ormrod'.
Oliver is remembered on the Bangor Is-coed War Memorial, as well as the Roll of Honour of St Peter's Church, Scorton.
Oliver Ormrod, Oliver's father, placed a mural tablet in the parish church at Bangor Is-coed, to the memory of his three sons.
|The gravestone of Emily Ormrod, of Pickhill
Hall, with details of the commemoration to Oliver Hugh Ormrod.
"In Memory of OLIVER HUGH / CAPTAIN R.F.A. R.F.C./ KILLED IN A FLYING ACCIDENT / SEPT. 12TH 1916. AGED 30 YEARS. / ALSO LAWRENCE MORELAND M.C. CAPTAIN R.W.F. / DIED AUG. 25TH 1917, FROM WOUNDS RECEIVED IN ACTION ON MAY 27TH / 2ND AND 3RD SONS OF OLIVER AND EMILY."
|Oliver Hugh Ormrod and Lawrence Moreland Ormrod remembered on the Bangor Is-coed War Memorial|