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Center of the village, canal, and church
Center of the village, canal, and church
Coat of arms of Ors
Coat of arms
Ors is located in France
Location within Hauts-de-France region
Ors is located in Hauts-de-France
Coordinates: 50°06′01″N 3°38′05″E / 50.1003°N 3.6347°E / 50.1003; 3.6347Coordinates: 50°06′01″N 3°38′05″E / 50.1003°N 3.6347°E / 50.1003; 3.6347
Country France
Region Hauts-de-France
Department Nord
Arrondissement Cambrai
Canton Le Cateau-Cambrésis
Intercommunality Caudrésis–Catésis
 • Mayor (2008–2014) Jacky Duminy
Area1 17.76 km2 (6.86 sq mi)
Population (2009)2 660
 • Density 37/km2 (96/sq mi)
Time zone UTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST) UTC+2 (CEST)
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.

Ors is a commune in the Nord department in northern France.

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.[1]

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.


Arms of Ors
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.

Ors Communal Cemetery

The Ors Communal Cemetery is also the burial place of Wilfred Owen, the British war poet. There is also a memorial to Owen.

The Wilfred Owen Memorial in Ors

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "French village's poet tribute". Shropshire Star. 11 November 2014. p. 1.English newspaper story, coincidentally printed on Armistice Day 2014

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