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MANCHESTER UNIVERSITY WAR MEMORIAL

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O’DONAHUE

Thomas Henderson

Second Lieutenant, 2nd/9th Battalion, Manchester Regiment. Killed in action at Gorre, Bethune, 20th April 1917. Son of Alderman James O'Donahue, J.P., of Poplars, Wigan. Born 1897 in Wigan. Educated at Wigan Grammar School; Officer Training Corps, May 1916 to February 1917. Gazetted 28th March 1917. In the 1901 census he was aged 3, born Wigan, son of James and Maraget O'Donahue, resident 35, Princess Street, Wigan, Lancashire. Buried in GORRE BRITISH AND INDIAN CEMETERY, Pas de Calais, France. Plot IV. Row A. Grave 15.

OAKDEN

Arthur Marshall

Lieutenant, 1st Field Company, Royal Marine Division Engineers, Royal Naval Division, Royal Marines. Died of wounds at Helles, Gallipoli, 21st May 1915. Aged 26. Son of William and Mary Elizabeth Oakden, of The Bank House, Retford. Born 4th April 1889 in St. Mary's, Nottingham. Baptised 17th May 1889 in Emmanuel Church, Nottignham, son of William and Mary Elizabeth Oakden, reesident 7 Vickers Street, Nottingham. Educated at King Edward VI. School, Retford. Manchester University: 1911; Student, Engineering; Whitworth Exhibitioner; Officer Training Corps, November 1911 to September 1913. Enlisted September 21st September 1914 in London; R.N.D., Engineers Unit (Chief Petty Oflicer). Gazetted 26th October 1914. Mechanical Engineer by trade. Religious denomination Church of England. Height 6 feet 1½ inches, dark complexion, brown hair, grey eyes. In the 1911 census he was aged 21, born Nottignham, an Engineers Mechanical Draughtsman, boarding at 3, Fairfield Terrace, Higher Openshaw, South Manchester, Lancashire. Buried in LANCASHIRE LANDING CEMETERY, Turkey (including Gallipoli). Row B. Grave 1.

OGDEN

Arthur Haydock

Sapper Deal/294(S), Signal Comapny, Royal Marine Division Engineers, Royal Naval Division, Royal Marines. He was admitted to 149th Field Ambulance with shell wounds to the head sustained at Helles, Gallipoli, and subsequently died of those wounds the same day 18th June 1915. Son of Charles Ogden, of Holly Grove, Sale, Cheshire. Born 3rd January 1889 in Sale, Cheshire. Baptised 30th January 1889 at Baguley, St John the Divine, Manchester, son of Charles and Ann Ogden. Educated at Sale High School and Rossall. Manchester University: 1907; B.Sc. Tech. (Electrical Engineering), 1910. Employed by Lancashire Dynamo Co., Trafford Park. Enlisted September 1914. Buried in SKEW BRIDGE CEMETERY, Turkey (including Gallipoli). Special Memorial Row B. Grave 18.

OLDFIELD

Benjamin

Company Quartermaster Sergeant B/3507, 7th Battalion, Rifle Brigade (The Prince Consort's Own). Died in 25th General Hospital of wounds, sustained at Etaples, 4th November 1915. Aged 46. Son of Benjamin and Rachel Oldfield (both deceased), of Macclesfield; husband of Jane Oldfield, of 3, Grove Street, Rusholme, Manchester, six children. Born 1869 in Macclesfield (SDGW Ardwick, Manchester). Educated at Christ Church School, Macclesfield. Manchester University: Night Watchman. Enlisted September 1914 in Manchester, aged 46 years 4 months, Steward by trade, height 5 feet 8½ inches, weight 138 lbs, chest 37½ inches, blue eyes, grey hair, religious denomination Church of England. With Expeditionary Froce from 20th May 1915. Buried in ETAPLES MILITARY CEMETERY, Pas de Calais, France. Plot III. Row F. Grave 5A.

ORMEROD

Walter

Second Lieutenant (Pilot), 43rd Squadron, Royal Air Force. Missing, presumed killed over France, flying a Sopwith F.1 Camel serial no. E1485, 29th August 1918. Aged 19. Son of Henry Ormerod, of South Dene, New Barn Lane, Rochdale. Born 20th June 1899 in Rochdale. Educated at Manchester Grammar School. Manchester University: 1915; Student, Photography (two year course); Officer Training Corps, October 1916 to August 1917. Enlisted 3rd August 1917. Gazetted June 1918. In the 1911 census he was aged 11, born Rochdale, at school, son of Henry and Annie Ormerod, resident South Dene, New Barn Lane, Rochdale, Lancashire. Buried in ONTARIO CEMETERY, SAINS-LES-MARQUION, Pas de Calais, France. Plot IV. Row A. Grave 14.

ORMESHER

William

Lieutenant, 16th Battalion, The King's (Liverpool Regiment) attached Royal Fusiliers. Died at sea 3rd December 1915 of wounds received on 28th November 1915 at Helles, Gallipoli. Aged 28. Son of Henry Ormesher, of 6, Woodbine Crescent, Stockport, and the late Mary Ann Ormesher. Born 1887 in Stockport. Educated at Brentnall Higher Grade School; Stockport Grammar School. Manchester University: 1905; M.A. 1909; Officer Training Corps, April 1908 to September 1908. English and History Master at Blandford Secondary School, Dorset 1909-1911; History and Latin Master at Leytonstone County High School for Boys 1911-1912; Classical and English Master at Bridgnorth Grammar School, Shropshire 1912 to enlistment. Gazetted December 1914. In the 1901 census he was aged 13, born Stockport, Cheshire, son of Henry and Mary A Ormesher, resident 1, Duke Street, Stockport, Cheshire. No known grave. Commemorated on HELLES MEMORIAL, Turkey (including Gallipoli). Panel 42.

ORMROD

Harry

[Listed as Second Lieutenant on memorial and University records] Lieutenant, 8th Battalion, King’s Own (Yorkshire Light Infantry). Killed in action at Thiepval 1st July 1916. Aged 21. Son of John and Alice Ann Ormrod, of 18, Alphonsus Street, Old Trafford, Manchester. Born 1895 in Hulme, Manchester. Educated at Manchester Municipal Secondary School. Manchester University: 1913; B.A. 1916; Officer Training Corps, November 1913 to January 1916. Gazetted February 1916. In the 1901 census he was aged 6, born Hulme, Manchester, son of John and Alice A Ormrod, resident 28, Hullard Street, Stretford, Barton upon Irwell, Lancashire. In the 1911 census he was aged 16, born Hulme, Manchester, son of John and Alice Anne Ormrod, resident 19, Stamford Street, Old Trafford, Stretford, Lancashire. No known grave. Commemorated on THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Pier and Face 11 C and 12 A.

ORR

Alexander Thomson

Captain, Assistant Chemist Advanced G.H.Q., Royal Engineers. Died at No. 24 Casualty Clearing Station, Italy, of broncho-pneumonia 3rd January 1919. Aged 26. Son of Alexander Thomson and Kathleen Orr, of Langford House, Holyhead, Anglesey; husband of Hilda Stewart (nee McKinstry) Orr, married 21st October 1915 at Bodewryd, Anglesey, Wales. Born 1892 in Tilbury, Essex. Baptised 20th April 1894 at Tilbury Docks, son of Alexander and Kathleen Orr, resident 7 Tillbury Garden, Tilbury Docks, Essex. Educated at Larchfield, Helensburgh, and Friars School, Bangor. Manchester University: 1908; Student, Mechanical Engineering; Probationer, L. & N. W. Railway. Officer Training Corps, 1st November 1908 to 30th October 1912. Gazetted September 1914 to 9th Battalion, Royal Welsh Fusiliers, transferred to Royal Engineers. Mentioned in Despatches. Previously wounded. Admitted to Queen Alexandra's Military Hospital at Millbank with Neuralgia 14th December 1915, discharged 22nd December 1915, transferred to Mason HP. In the 1901 census he was aged 8, born Chadwell St. Mary, Essex, son of Alexander Thomson and Kathleen Orr, resident Langford House, 5, Mount Pleasant, Holyhead, Holyhead Urban, Anglesey, Wales. In the 1911 census he was aged 18, born Tilbury, Essex, a student, resident Budbrooke near Warwick, Warwickshire. Buried in MONTECCHIO PRECALCINO COMMUNAL CEMETERY EXTENSION, Italy. Plot 10. Row A. Grave 1.

ORRELL

Keith Faulkner Andrew

Second Lieutenant, 10th Battalion attached to 6th Battalion, Prince of Wales's Volunteers (South Lancashire Regiment). Killed in action near Kut 13th January 1917. Son of Samuel Faulkner Orrell and Henrietta Hyde Orrell, of 11, Smedley Lane, Manchester. Born 1894 in Heaton Park. Baptised 5th October 1894 in Prestwich, Holyrood, Manchester, son of Samuel Faulkner and Henrietta Orrell. Educated at Manchester Grammar School. Manchester University: 1912; Student, Law; Officer Training Corps, January 1915 to August 1915. Articled T.A. Orrell, Solicitor. Gazetted 8th August 1915. In the 1901 census he was aged 6, born Prestwich, Lancashire, son of Samuel F and henrietta H Orrell, resident 95, Bury Old Road, Prestwich, Lancashire. In the 1911 census he was aged 16, born heaton Park, son of Samuel Faulkner and Henrietta Hyde Orrell, resident 11, Smedley Lane, Cheetham, North Manchester, Lancashire. No known grave. Commemorated on BASRA MEMORIAL, Iraq. Panel 23.

OWEN

Arthur Percy

Captain, 3rd Battalion atatched to 1st Battalion, Manchester Regiment. Killed in action at Kut 8th March 1916. Son of R. G. Owen, of Heaton Park, Manchester. Born 1895 in Cheetham. Educated at Manchester Grammar School. Manchester University: 1911; B.Sc. Tech. (Applied Chemistry), 1914; Officer Training Corps, October 1912 to August 1914. Gazetted 20th August 1914. Previously wounded. No known grave. Commemorated on BASRA MEMORIAL, Iraq. Panel 31 and 64.

OWEN

George Webster

Captain, 10th Battalion (Territorial), Manchester Regiment. Killed in action at Helles, Gallipoli, 6th June 1915. Son of Annie Owen, of The Pollards, Penketh and the late Thomas Owen; husband of Ruth Mary (nee Cocks) Owen. Born 1882 in Eccleston, Preston. Baptised 24th September 1882 in Ravenhead, St John, son of Thomas and Annie Owen, resident Eccleston. Educated at Warrington Grammar School; Warrington Technical School. Manchester University: 1901; Student, Chemistry; Officer Training Corps, April 1908 to February 1910. Sanitary Department Manchester Corporation and afterwards Yarn Agent in Manchester. Gazetted April 1910. In the 1891 census he was aged 8, born Eccleston, Lancashire, son of Thomas and Annie Owen, resident The Pollards, Chapel Road, Penketh, Warrington, Lancashire & Cheshire. In the 1901 census he was aged 18, born Eccleston, at college, son of Annie Owen (a widow). resident The Pollards, Chapel Road, Penketh, Warrington, Lancashire & Cheshire. In the 1911 census he was aged 28, born St Helens, Lancashire, a Merchant and Agent, married to Ruth Mary Owen, resident 1, Rowan Avenue, Urmston, Lancashire. No known grave. Commemorated on HELLES MEMORIAL, Turkey (including Gallipoli). Panel 159 to 171.

Extract from Bond of Sacrifice: Officers Died in the Great War 1914-1916, Volume 2, page 357-358:

CAPTAIN GEORGE WEBSTER OWEN, 1/10th BATTN. (TERRIT.) THE MANCHESTER REGIMENT, the son of the late Thomas and Mrs. Owen, of “The Pollards," Penketh, near Warrington, was born in Lancashire on the 27th July, 1882. He was educated at Warrington Grammar School and at Manchester University, being at one time Captain of the Manchester University Swimming Club. For several years he played for the Stockton Heath Rugby Football Club. In 1899 he joined the 2nd Battalion, Manchester Volunteers, and on entering Manchester University he became a member of the O.T.C. He received his commission in the 10th Battalion, Manchester Regiment, in April,. 1910, becoming Lieutenant in March, 1912, and Captain in August, 1914. Having undertaken Imperial Service obligations, Captain Owen went with his battalion to Gallipoli Peninsula, and was killed in action, near Krithia, on the 6th June, 1915. He was buried near the place where he fell.

The Officer Commanding his battalion wrote: “He was with his company, which had been attached to the Royal Fusiliers, and during three days' hard fighting had made quite a name for himself by the leading of his men and the example he set them, and it was whilst taking them on to recapture a Turkish trench that he was killed. . . . We have lost a cheerful and popular comrade."

Captain Owen married Ruth Mary, daughter of S. W. Cocks, Esq., of Urmston, Lancashire.

Extract from 'de Ruvigny's ROLL OF HONOUR 1914-18', Part One, page 276:

OWEN, GEORGE WEBSTER, Capt., 1/10th Battn. The Manchester Regt. (T.F.), s. of the late Thomas Owen, of The Pollards, Penketh, near Warrington b. Eccleston. co. Lancaster, 27 July, 1882; educ. Warrington Grammar School, and Manchester University (where he was in the O.T.C.), and later was a Yarn Agent in Manchester. He joined the 2nd Volunteer Battn. Manchester Regt. In 1899; was given a commission as 2nd Lieut., in the 10th Battn. Manchester Territorials, .. April, 1910, and promoted Lieut. 15 March, 1912, and Capt. 31 Aug. 1914; volunteered for Imperial service on the outbreak of war; served with the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force at the Dardanelles, and was killed in action there, 6 June, 1915, during the attack on Krithia. Lieut.-Col. J. Rye wrote: “He was with his company, which had been attd. to the Royal Fusiliers, and during the three days' hard fighting had made quite a name for himself, by the leading of his men and the example he set them, and it was whilst taking them on to re-capture a Turkish trench that he was killed. Please accept the most sincere sympathy of myself and all the officers, non- commissioned officers and men of his Battn. in your great loss. We have lost a cheerful and popular comrade." Capt. Owens m. at Unnston, co. Lincoln, 20 July, 1910, Ruth Mary (Glentworth, Ramillies Avenue, Cheadle Hahne, Cheshire), dau. of S. W. Cocks. of Unnston ; s.p.

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