The 1891 census places the Ormrod family in Pickhill Hall near Wrexham. This large household was headed by Oliver Ormrod who was 35 and was ‘Living on own means’. His wife was Emily W.H. who was 34. Their listed children were Lionel 8, Beatrice 7, Hugh 5 and Lawrence was 2. There were six visitors listed, one governess and four servants.
It has not so far proved possible to locate Lawrence on the 1901 census. He would have been 12 years old and probably at school (Eton).
In 1911 Lawrence Ormrod was 22 years old and a second Lieutenant in the army in India. He joined the Expeditionary Force in France and Flanders in May 1915 and was wounded a year later. He was sent home but rejoined in May 1917. He was very severely wounded later that year and was repatriated and he died at 27 Grosvenor Square Mayfair, London on the 25th August 1917.
Lawrence Ormrod is featured in De Ruvignys Roll of Honour where a short biography and photograph appears which is reproduced below.
The England and Wales National Probate Calendar (Index of Administration and Wills) includes the following entry for 1917. Ormrod Lawrence Moreland of Pickhill Hall nr Wrexham Denbighshire. Cpt RWF died 25th August 1917 at 27 Grosvenor Square Mayfair, Middlesex. Admin London 28th Dec to Oliver Ormrod gentleman. effects £268..4s.. 11d
Lawrence’s two brothers, Lionel James Ormrod and Oliver Hugh Ormrod both lost their lives in the war and have their own pages on this website.