Arthur Roxburghe Orr

RankCaptain
RegimentScots Guards, 2nd Battalion
Military Service

1901 Attended Royal Military College, Sandhurst

1904 Gazetted to Scots Guards

1914 At the outbreak of war 2nd Battalion, Scots Guards were stationed at the Tower of London and Orr was Assistant Superintendent of Gymnasia, London District. The battalion landed at Zeebrugge on 7th October too late to assist in the defence of Antwerp but aided the retreat of the Belgium army. He was wounded at the first Battle of Ypres in October soon after arriving in France and invalided home. In December he was promoted Captain.

The roll call of 2nd Battalion, Scots Guards on the Menin Road, 27 October 1914. © IWM (Q 57239)

The roll call of 2nd Battalion, Scots Guards on the Menin Road, 27 October 1914.
© IWM (Q 57239)

1915 Returned to his regiment in the spring.

Born

December 1884, Glasgow

Death17th October 1915
Age30
BurialSailly-Labourse Communal Cemetery, M. 16
CWGC Information

Son of Jane S. Orr, of Kinnaird House, Larbert, Stirlingshire, and the late Robert Orr.

Parents

Robert Orr (1841-1906) and Jane Simpson (1856-1940)

Father's Occupation

Merchant & Manufacturing Chemist

Siblings

Robert (c1876-1914) George (c1877-), Marion (c1881-), Agnes (c1883-), Francis (c1884-) Archibald (1886-1886),

Spouse

Unmarried

Education

Loretto School 1897-1901

Occupation

Regular soldier

1891 Census

Great Western Terrace, Kelvinside, Glasgow

1901 Census

Kinnaird Mansion House, Larbert, Stirlingshire

1911 Census

The Guards Depot, Caterham, Surrey

Home Address

1914 – 43 Tedworth Square, Chelsea, London

Glasgow NecropolisCompartment Zeta Lair 64
Other Memorials

Scottish National War Memorial

Other Information

Orr played cricket for the Household Brigade and Stirling County being a free-hitting batsman who warranted a short obituary in Wisden’s Almanac for 1915

Acknowledgements and Sources

Much of the information on which this profile is based is drawn from various internet sources which are listed below.  The Friends of Glasgow Necropolis also wish to make full acknowledgement and thanks for the permitted use of any information or images generously supplied specifically for exhibition, publication or display in connection with The Roll of Honour and accompanying profiles to Ancestry (www.ancestry.co.uk), Findmypast (www.findmypast.co.uk),

Commonwealth War Graves Commission – www.cwgc.org

Family Search – www.familysearch.org

The Long, Long Trail – http://www.1914-1918.net/

Scotlands People – www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk

The Scottish War Memorials Project – www.warmemscot.s4.bizhat.com

Loretto Roll of Honour – http://www.lorettoniansociety.org.uk/memorial/ww1/index.htm

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