Ormond, Herbert Edward


“Hop’ Ormond was the second son of the Honourable Mr. Justice Ernest William Ormond, of Rangoon, and Mrs. Ellinor Ormond, the daughter of Lewis Pugh Evans (Com.1853). From Mill Mead, Shrewsbury, he came in April 1914 to Culver’s Close, where his elder brother – Ernest Charles Ormond (H1910-1915) – became Head of House. His younger brother, John Evelyn Ormond, also came to the school (H1915-1920).

Ormond was made a Prefect and rose to Sixth Book, winning the prize for Latin Speech in 1918 and for English Speech the following year: his obituary in The Times pointed out that these were prizes for which a Commoner would not usually venture to compete.

In 1922 he went up to Queen’s College, Oxford, coxed Trial VIIIs in 1922, and took a Third Class in History and Law. Following family tradition on both sides, he subsequently became Senior Partner in a firm of London solicitors, Collingham & Ormond.

On July 6th 1927, he married Miss Cecily Grantham Hill (daughter of Stanley Grantham Hill), of Kineton, Warwickshire, and left a son and a daughter when he died; the family home was 1 New Square, Lincoln’s Inn.

“A youthful figure and demeanour, and a diffident charm, combined to form a lovable personality. He was a capable and conscientious worker in his profession, but he was never happier than when he was at home on the banks of the Dovey with a gun or a rod in his hand, or when he was riding with his family in Richmond Park before the day’s work in Lincoln’s Inn”.   (The Times)

He joined the RAFVR with a commission in August 1940, and was posted as an air-traffic controller to RAF Tangmere.    Promoted to Squadron Leader in 1942, he continued to serve at Tangmere until his death, by which time he was Acting Chief Controller.

He died of pneumonia, at the age of forty-two, at RAF Tangmere on February 14th 1943.

His funeral took place on Friday 18th February 1943, and he was interred near the west wall of the churchyard extension of St. Peter ad Vincula, Pennal, Merionethshire, Wales.


War: World War 2

  • Surname: Ormond
  • Forenames or initials: Herbert Edward
  • House: H
  • Years in School: 1914-1919
  • Rank: Squadron Leader
  • Regiment: RAF Volunteer Reserve
  • Date of Birth: 3rd February 1901
  • Date of Death: 14th February 1943
  • How Died: Died on Active Service
  • Location in War Cloister: Inner D2
  • Decoration: NA
  • Burial Site: St Peter ad Vincula, Pennal, Merionethshire