Lieutenant Andrew Ormerod
Royal Field Artillery 6th Btty 130 Howitzers
Attached Royal Flying Corps
Missing whilst Flying 13th April 1917, aged 27
Allegedly shot down by von Richtoven, The Red Baron.
Lived at 328 Colne Road
Commemorated on the Arras Flying Services Memorial, France
Burnley Express 15th
December 1915 - 20th
October 1917 - 20th
He was killed on Black Friday, Friday April 13th 1917 shot down by a
German Plane, one of six, lost that day.
“Andrew Ormerod was an observer, and on 13 April 1917 he was in
R.E.8 A3225, flown by Lt Arthur Horace Tanfield.
At this time 59 Squadron, Coudry, formed part of 3 Brigade, 12 Corps Wing,
based at Cagnicourt.
The following information was taken from
"On the morning of 13 April 1917, 59 Squadron's ill fated flight
of six R.E.8s was on a photo-reconnaissance mission near Douai when it
encountered Jasta 11. All six R.E.8s were shot down within a matter of
minutes, one of them becoming Manfred von Richthofen's forty first victory."
1909,joined the TF RHA-RFA & was the youngest
Sgt/Major in England, commissioned Dec 1915 and att to 59 Bty & transfered
to the 130 Howizers & was on active service Egypt,Gallipoli &
Salonika & qualified as Ob/Pilot March 1917.Missing with 2/Lt Arthur
Horace Tanfield in 2 seater Biplane No RE8-23225-WF.Attented St Andrews
Church & School a choir boy,Boys Bdg,Freemasons & local Conservative
politician.Brother Pte Harry Ormerod RAMC serving in F&F.Mother a
confectioners shop.Parents John & Jane.
(Photographs by permission
of David Ormerod Baxter)