2nd 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 October 1917

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)


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