Private 14384 Albert Orme

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Died of Wounds on Wednesday, 29th September 1915, age unknown.
Buried in Grave IV. G. 3. at Etaples Military Cemetery, Pas De Calais, France.

2nd Bn., Worcestershire Regiment. 5th Brigade of 2nd Division.

Husband of E. M. Orme, of 59, High St., Prince's End, Tipton, Staffs.
Born: Birmingham, Enlisted: Birmingham, Resident: Unknown.

First landed France & Flanders, 27th March 1915.
Medal entitlement: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal.
Soldier's Papers at National Archives did not survive.

Not commemorated on any Tipton memorial.
Commemorated here because identified as Tipton on Commonwealth War Graves site.

Link to Commonwealth War Graves Site: www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/504529/

Genealogical Data

Albert Orme's origins were proving difficult to identify until a family tree was found on Ancestry.co.uk. Most of the following is taken from the work of Ross Jenkins.

Albert Edwin Orme was born on 17th September 1889 at 51 Latimer Street South, Birmingham. His parents are shown as Joseph Orme and Emma Orme (late Randle, formerly Middleton). It is likely that this was a common-law marriage as there is no evidence of such a wedding.

1891 Census
Albert’s parents were not living together, and his mother had reverted back to the surname Randle.
201 Holliday Street, Birmingham.
Emma Randle (42, Widow, born Birmingham), and her 2 children: Louisa Randle (14, Bone Polisher, born Birmingham), and Albert Randle (1, born Birmingham).

1901 Census
Albert’s mother still used the surname Randle, but Albert was using his father’s surname.
Court 4 Number 4, Stoke Street, Birmingham.
Emma Randle (50, Widow, Filer, born Birmingham), and her son: Albert Orme (11, born Birmingham).

1911 Census
66 William Street, Birmingham.
Mary Barlow (49, born Birmingham), and 4 Boarders including: Albert Orme (22, Labourer at Tube Works, born Birmingham).

Marriage of Albert E. Orme and Edith M. Ellis registered December quarter 1914 in Birmingham.

Personal Data

Albert's connection with Tipton is tenuous; the only link is that the Commonwealth War Graves Commission records his widow, Mrs E.M. Orme, living at High Street, Prince's End, Tipton. It is possible that she moved to Tipton after Albert's death and Albert could have been 100% 'Brummie'. Albert's father appears to have been from Tipton. Nevertheless, Albert is welcome to his place on this web-site.

Albert's widow, Edith Mary, received his outstanding army pay and allowances of £2/11/1d (2 pounds 11 shillings and 1 penny) in December 1915, and then his War Gratuity of £4/0/0d in December 1919. The value of his War Gratuity and his date of death suggests that Albert enlisted in August 1914.

Action resulting in his death

The 2nd Worcesters had been in reserve for 2nd Division on the 25th September, the opening day of the Battle of Loos. 7th Division had taken 'The Quarries' and pushed on almost to Cite St Elie, it was thought that this would be taken if the 7th Division was reinforced. Overnight the reserve Battalions of 2nd and 7th Divisions were called forward to form a composite brigade, called "Carter's Force" after its commander, to provide this reinforcement.

Because of the communications difficulties, the distance to travel, and the ground conditions, it was 4.45 pm on the 26th before they were ready for action in front of 'The Quarries'. By then the situation had changed; the Germans had counter-attacked and recaptured 'The Quarries' overnight, and the objective was now for Carter's Force to take 'The Quarries' again rather than Cite St Elie.

After crossing the old German front line, the Worcesters advanced by rushes up-hill towards the German positions losing more men with each rush. They flung themselves to the ground at a part-dug trench 200 yards from the German position, and took what cover they could. It was here that the advance was called off, as even if 'The Quarries' had been captured there were insufficient bombs available to allow the Worcesters to hold off the inevitable German counter-attacks.

The 2nd Worcesters held this position under heavy bombardment and machine gun fire, especially during the day of the 29th, until they were relieved after midnight on 29th/30th September.

102 men of the 2nd Worcesters lost their lives between 25th and 30th September, but 82 during the advance on the 26th. It is statistically likely that Albert was wounded on the 26th and evacuated back throught the Casualty Clearing chain to Etaples where he died from his wounds on the 29th September in the 20th General Hospital. He is buried at Etaples Military Cemetery.

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