Denis Ormerod

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Brigadier
Denis Ormerod
CBE
Born 17 February 1922
Republic of Ireland
Died 11 February 2005
High Halden, Kent, England.
Allegiance  United Kingdom
Service/branch British Army
Rank Brigadier
Unit British Indian Army, Royal Irish Fusiliers
Commands held Ulster Defence Regiment
Awards CBE
Spouse(s) Frances M. S. Turner [1]

Denis Leonard Ormerod CBE (c. 1923 – 11 February 2005)[2] was a career soldier in the British Army.

He was appointed Brigadier Ulster Defence Regiment in July 1971. He was the first Roman Catholic commander of the regiment which was drawn mainly from the Protestant community of Northern Ireland.[3]

Early life and military career[edit]

Ormerod was educated at Downside School in Somerset. He joined the army in 1940 and was commissioned into the British Indian Army, following which he served in Malaya, India, Italy, and Greece with the Gurkhas, eventually reaching the rank of Major.[3] He also served in Malaya and Palestine during internal security operations in the post war period.[4]

Ulster Defence Regiment[edit]

Whether or not it was a conscious decision on the part of the British Ministry of Defence was not known but he acknowledged that his religion helped him establish a rapport with the hierarchy of the Roman Catholic Church in Northern Ireland.[5]

Bibliography[edit]

Potter, John. A Testimony to Courage - the Regimental History of the Ulster Defence Regiment 1969 - 1992, Pen & Sword Books Ltd, 2001. ISBN 0-85052-819-4. Ryder, Chris. The Ulster Defence Regiment: An Instrument of Peace?, p. 43. 1991 ISBN 0-413-64800-1

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Frances M. S. Turner". The Peerage. 25 August 2012. 
  2. ^ "Brigadier Denis Leonard Ormerod". The Peerage. 25 August 2012. 
  3. ^ a b Ryder, Chris. The Ulster Defence Regiment: An Instrument of Peace?, p. 43. 1991 ISBN 0-413-64800-1.
  4. ^ Potter, John. A Testimony to Courage - the Regimental History of the Ulster Defence Regiment 1969 - 1992, p. 62. Pen & Sword Books Ltd, 2001. ISBN 0-85052-819-4.
  5. ^ Potter p62