Private 235581, 1st/8th Battalion Lancashire Fusiliers

Died 5th April 1918 aged 18

No Known Grave Commemorated Arras Memorial, France

Son of Tom Chambler and Martha Eliza Orman

Lived 3, Firth Square, Heckmondwike

Percy was born in Heckmondwike in 1899, he was the son of Tom Chambler Orman who was from Crigglestone and Martha Eliza (formerly Ramsden) who was from Birstall.  Percy was one of eight children, his father worked as a Drayman at a brewery.  His brother Cyrus served on the Western Front for three years (in the West Yorkshire Regiment) before being demobilised.

Two days before Percy was killed the 1st/8th Battalion relieved five platoons of the Northumberland Fusiliers.  The war diary tells us that on the 5th the enemy put down a heavy barrage for three hours.  The attack came at 9am, the 1st/8th, 1st/7th and 1st/5th Lancashire Fusiliers worked together to repel the attack.  The right flank held out for a while but was afterwards forced to withdraw through the village of Bucquoy.  The remnants of the 1st/8th Battalion consisting of about 80 men, in company with the 1st/5th Battalion,  counterattacked at 4:30pm and re-established a line in the rear of the original position.  Casualties were estimated at 202 men and Percy Orman was among the dead.  He is commemorated on the Rolls of Honour at both St Saviour’s and St James’s Churchs.

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