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Denis Ormerod

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Allegiance  United Kingdom
Service/branch  British Army
Name  Denis Ormerod

Spouse(s)  Frances M. S. Turner
Awards  CBE
Rank  Brigadier
Commands held  Ulster Defence Regiment
Died  February 11, 2005, High Halden, United Kingdom
Unit  British Indian Army, Royal Irish Fusiliers

Denis Leonard Ormerod CBE (17 February 1922 – 11 February 2005) 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.

Early life and military career

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. He also served in Malaya and Palestine during internal security operations in the post war period.

Ulster Defence Regiment

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.


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