ORMSBY John William
3/1836, Sergeant, 2nd Battalion, King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry (KOYLI)
18596, Legion of Frontiersmen, Dewsbury, United Kingdom

CITATION
Victoria Cross
Gazetted 8 June 1917
On 14 April 1917 at Favet, France, during operations which culminated in the capture of an important position, Sergeant Ormsby, acting
as Company Sergeant Major showed complete indifference to the heavy machine-gun and rifle fire and set a fine example. After clearing
a village he pushed on and drove out many snipers from localities further forward. When the only surviving officer was wounded he took
command of the company and led them forward under heavy fire for 400 yards to a new position, holding it until relieved.  His conduct
throughout was admirable and inspired confidence in every man under his command.

Military Medal
Gazetted 11 November 1916
No citation available
For splendid work at Hill 60

Mention in Despatches
Gazetted
No citation available

AWARDS
Victoria Cross
Military Medal
1914 Star
5th Aug - 22nd Nov 1914
British War Medal
Victory Medal
Mention in Despatches
Defence Medal
Coronation Medal 1937

NOTES
Born 11 January 1881 Old Westgate, Dewsbury, England
Died 20 July 1952 at Dewsbury, England
Buried at the Dewsbury Cemetery [SECTION R, GRAVE 718]

His medals are on display at the K.O.Y.L.I Museum in Doncaster England

It is known that John William ORMSBY enlisted into the Legion of Frontiersmen between 1 Aug 1930 - 15 Jan 1931

See also a biography at http://ballinagreatwar.blogspot.co.nz/2015/04/john-william-ormsby-v.html
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