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Orr, James Kenneth

Born on May 26th, 1895, the eldest son of Dr. and Mrs W. R. Orr, of East Finchley, he was educated at Queen's College, Taunton, and Highgate School. At the latter school he was a very keen member of the O.T.C. in which he held the rank of a N.C.O. He left Highgate at the end of the summer term, 1914, and though eager to "join up" at once, entered King's College in October, where he began the study of engineering, a profession for which he was eminently adapted and in which he was enthusiastic. Here he continued his military training until March, 1915, when he was granted a commission in the Middlesex Regiment. After a month at Bedford he joined the Middlesex reserves at Chatham. He did good service there in training men until February, 1916, when at his own urgent request he was sent to the Front. He took part in the great Somme push on the 1st July, leading his platoon forward in one of the worst parts of the line. With eleven other officers of his battalion he was reported "missing, believed killed." Since then no definite tidings of his fate have reached this country. He was exceedingly popular with his men, in whom he took a great interest entering into their sports and pleasures.

A school companion and brother officer writes: "I have every confidence that in all his actions at the Front, as in earlier times in England, he acted in a manner of which no one could be ashamed, and I should only feel too satisfied if I thought that I had lived but half as useful a life as he."

His Colonel writes: "As you know he had only recently joined this battalion, but in this short period he had gained the respect and confidence of his men and was exceedingly popular with us all. He was one of the right sort and did his duty most nobly from start to finish." G.E.N. King's College Review, Dec. 1916


First name(s)James Kenneth
Date of birth26 May 1895
Family detailsThe eldest son of Dr. and Mrs W. R. Orr, of Clydesdale, East Finchley
Previous educationQueen's College, Taunton; Highgate School
CollegeKing's College London and/or King's College London Hospital
Dates at college1914
Dept / courseFaculty of Engineering
Military unitMiddlesex Regiment, 16th Battn.
War / conflictWorld War One (1914-1918)
Date of death1 July 1916
Age at death21
Rank at deathSecond Lieutenant
Place of deathSomme
Cause of deathMissing, believed killed
Commemoration(s)King's College Chapel; Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France
SourcesKing's College London Archives; Commonwealth War Graves Commission

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