For the acronym, see ORS (disambiguation).
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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{{#coordinates:50.1003|3.6347|type:city(660)_region:FR|||||| |primary |name= }}</td></tr><tr class="mergedtoprow"><th scope="row" style="text-align:left">Country</th><td> France</td></tr><tr class="mergedrow"><th scope="row" style="text-align:left">Region</th><td> Nord-Pas-de-Calais</td></tr><tr class="mergedrow"><th scope="row" style="text-align:left">Department</th><td> Nord</td></tr><tr class="mergedrow"><th scope="row" style="text-align:left">Arrondissement</th><td> Cambrai</td></tr><tr class="mergedrow"><th scope="row" style="text-align:left">Canton</th><td> Le Cateau-Cambrésis</td></tr><tr class="mergedrow"><th scope="row" style="text-align:left">Intercommunality</th><td> Caudrésis–Catésis</td></tr><tr class="mergedtoprow"><th colspan="2" style="text-align:center;text-align:left">Government</th></tr><tr class="mergedrow"><th scope="row" style="text-align:left"> • Mayor (2008–2014) </th><td> Jacky Duminy</td></tr><tr class="mergedtoprow"><th scope="row" style="text-align:left">Area1</th><td> 17.76 km2 (6.86 sq mi)</td></tr><tr class="mergedtoprow"><th scope="row" style="text-align:left">Population (2009)2</th><td> 660</td></tr><tr class="mergedrow"><th scope="row" style="text-align:left"> • Density</th><td> 37/km2 (96/sq mi)</td></tr><tr class="mergedtoprow"><th scope="row" style="text-align:left">INSEE/Postal code</th><td class="adr"> 59450 / 59360</td></tr><tr class="mergedtoprow"><th scope="row" style="text-align:left">Elevation</th><td> Script error: No such module "convert".
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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.


Center of the village, canal, and church
Center of the village, canal, and church
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.)


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Ors Communal Cemetery

The church, Église de l'Assomption, was built from 1851 to 1872.

See also


  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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