Center of the village, canal, and church
|• Mayor (2008–2014)||Jacky Duminy|
|Area1||17.76 km2 (6.86 sq mi)|
|• Density||37/km2 (96/sq mi)|
|INSEE/Postal code||59450 / 59360|
|Elevation||133–167 m (436–548 ft)
(avg. 159 m or 522 ft)
1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km² (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.2 Population without double counting: residents of multiple communes (e.g., students and military personnel) only counted once.
It is located on the Sambre–Oise Canal, in a small wood called Bois l'Évêque.
The commune was an area of intense fighting in November 1918 for control of the canal. Second Lieutenant Wilfred Owen was killed in action there, a week before the Armistice, and is buried at the Communal Cemetery beside many of his men. The village's new (2014) primary school is named for Owen.
Ors is famous for its yearly water jousting competition on the canal every August 15. Water jousting has been played there since the Middle Ages.
|The arms of Ors are blazoned :
Or, 3 lions azure, on a chief gules, a demi-'Notre-Dame-de-Grâce de carnation' issuant from the line of division, vested gules and azure and holding in her left arm the Baby Jesus. (Boursies, Cattenières, Carnières, Estrun, Maresches, Onnaing, Ors, Orsinval, Thun-l'Évêque and originally, Notre-Dame de Cambrai, use the same arms.)
The church, Église de l'Assomption, was built from 1851 to 1872.
The Ors Communal Cemetery is also the burial place of Wilfred Owen, the British war poet. There is also a memorial to Owen.
- "French village's poet tribute". Shropshire Star. 11 November 2014. p. 1.English newspaper story, coincidentally printed on Armistice Day 2014
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Ors.|
- Ors Communal Cemetery on the website "Remembrance Trails of the Great War in Northern France"
- Société des Jouteurs Sauveteurs d'Ors
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