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Ors British Cemetery


Ors is a village 6 kilometres east of Le Cateau, on the West bank of the Sambre. The Cemetery is 3 km north-east of the church in the corner of a meadow.

You should be advised that access to this Cemetery is difficult and vehicle access is not possible. The location of this site makes wheelchair access impossible.

There are 2 fields and 3 gates to negotiate before entering the cemetery. Cross the fields and go through 2 of the gates. The third gate leads out of the field to the cemetery entrance. It should also be noted that the farmer has on occasions been known to lock the gates to the fields, i.e. when a bull is present !

The cemetery gate is designed to be cattleproof even when it is swinging between the two stops, but this also makes it ‘mower access proof’. Hence a padlocked central panel has been made to enable our staff to pass the mower through and this panel is of course locked except when our staff unlock it for this purpose. However, the main frame of the cemetery gate is always unlocked and visitors should release the catch at the back of the gate to gain access to the cemetery.

Ors British Cemetery


Historical Information

Ors was in German hands for much of the First World War but was cleared by the 6th Division on 1st November 1918.

Ors British Cemetery was begun in November 1918 and a number of the Highland Light Infantry and Royal Engineers graves are due to the crossing of the canal near the cemetery on 4th November 1918.

It was enlarged after the Armistice by the concentration of 60 graves from:

  • Chateau Seydoux British Cemetery, Le Cateau (where 41 South African soldiers and one R.A.F. officer were buried in October 1918)
  • Flaumont Churchyard
  • Jenlain Churchyard
  • St. Python Communal Cemetery.

The cemetery contains 107 Commonwealth burials of the First World War, six of which are unidentified.

Ors British Cemetery


Private H Van de Venter

Private H Van de Venter 15797
1st Regiment South African Infantry
Died on 17th October 1918

Grave: A 7

Private Archibald Lennox

Private Archibald Lennox 55168
16th Bn Highland Light Infantry
Died on 4th November 1918 aged 19
Son of John and Janet Lennox
of 6, Mackay Place, Stenhousemuir, Larbert, Stirlingshire

Grave: B 20

Lieutenant Ralph Hardy

Lieutenant Ralph Hardy
5th Bn attached
16th Bn Highland Light Infantry
Died on 4th November 1918 aged 24
Son of Caleb and Grace Hardy.
Born at Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Chartered Accountant
Apprentice to Messrs. Barstow & Millar, C.A., Edinburgh.

Grave: B 14

Lieutenant Thomas Barker

Lieutenant Thomas Barker
218th Field Company
Royal Engineers
Died on 4th November 1918 aged 20
Son of Chesman and Marguerite Barker
of Fair Haven, Chidham, Emsworth, Sussex
Native of Finchley, London

Grave: B 34


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