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Name: Thomas (Tait) ORR
Casualty No.: Ranks: Lance Corporal Initials: T Service No.: 968
Date of Birth : - Place of Birth : Parton, Whitehaven, Cumberland. Age at Death: 29
Unit: D Company, 1st/4th Bn Northumberland Fusiliers (Territorial Force).
Former Unit(s):
Place Enlisted:
Place of Residence: Crawcrook, Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham.
Home Address:
Previous Address: 14 South View, Clara Vale, Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham.
Civilian Employment: Miner at Clara Vale Colliery.
How Died: Killed in action. Reported missing in action.
Date of Death: Monday 26th April 1915
Place of Death: St. Julien, Belgium.
Battle/Campaign: Second Battle of Ypres (Ieper), Belgium, 1915.
Locally Commemorated: Ryton War Memorial, Station Bank, Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham. Clara Vale Colliery Memorial, Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham.
UK Commemorated: -
Overseas Commemorated: Menin Gate Memorial, Ypres (Ieper), Belgium. Panel 8 and 12
Buried: No known grave.
Decoration and Medals:
Photographs: 2
Service Records: No
Death Notice/Obituary:
Family Details:
Son of George and Mary Ann Orr, of Crawcrook, Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham (formerly of Clara Vale). Husband of Isabella Hogg (formerly Orr) of 39 The Huts (now Chesters Gardens), Crawcrook, Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham. Two daughters: Bessie and Dolly. Thomas's siblings were: Peter, William, John, Nicholas, George, David, James, Ellen, Mary Anne, and Rosie.
Notes : Thomas's brother, David, was killed in action in June 1917, whilst serving with the 20th Bn Northumberland Fusiliers (1st Tyneside Scottish). Their brothers in law, Robert and Joseph Walker also died during the conflict. Robert (of Crawcrook) was killed in action on 15th September 1916, whilst serving with the 1st/9th Durham Light infantry. Joseph (of Clara Vale) died of wounds on 2nd November 1915 at Gallipoli whilst serving with the Royal Naval Division. Thomas's nephew, William Walker (formerly of Crawcrook) was killed in action during World War 2.
Sources Used: Commonwealth War Graves Commission Debt of Honour Register. Soldiers Died in the Great War.
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