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Memorials & Monuments
on the Isle of Wight
- Biography -
- Arthur Orchard -

Unknown person Name : Arthur Orchard

Son of William Cave Orchard and Elizabeth Orchard (née Pitt), of Arreton, Isle of Wight

Born 1887, Arreton.
  Census information :

1891 : William Orchard and his family including Arthur are at Hopkins, High St, Arreton. William Orchard is an Agricultural Labourer.

1901 : William Orchard and his family including Arthur are at Hopkins, High St, Arreton. William Orchard is an Agricultural Labourer. Arthur Orchard is a Shop Boy.

1911 : Arthur Orchard and his family are at School Green, Freshwater. Arthur Orchard is a Groom.

  Marriage Details :

Spouse : Winifred Kate Hannam
Married : 23rd September 1908, Register Office, Newport
Children : Leonard Arthur Charles Orchard (b 21 Mar 1909); Ivy Constance Orchard (b 25 Dec 1911); and Roland Hubert Orchard (b 17 Apr 1914)
  Service Details :

Bombardier 4373 Arthur Orchard, Royal Field Artillery (TF) (5th Hants Howitzers)

In 1910 he attested for service with the Royal Field Artillery, having already served in the Royal Garrison Artillery Militia. His occupation is shown as Groom; his tattoos included a portrait of his wife and the name "Winnie".

He attended annual training camps in May 1911, 1912, and 1913, and on the outbreak of war he was sent, with others of the 5th Hants Howitzers, for duties in India (from 9 October 1914 to 21 March 1915). He was posted with his unit to the Persian Gulf (Basra, Mesopotamia, now Iraq) from 22 March 1915 to 8 July 1915, where he contracted malarial fever. He returned to India on 9 July 1915. He departed India 14 October 1915, and was discharged medically unfit on the 24 December 1915.

From the dates of his service, it would appear that he did not take part in any actions against enemy forces, and therefore was only entitled to the British War Medal.

Arthur Orchard died in 1918, aged 31, presumably as a result of the effects of malarial fever.

His name is not recorded by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, or in Soldiers Died in the Great War as he was no longer in the Army at the time of his death.
  Casualty Details :

Died 1918, Shalfleet [?], aged 31

Buried at St Michael's Church, Shalfleet, 28 October 1918

  Commemorated on these Memorials :

Arreton War Memorial
Arreton Roll of Honour
5th Hants Howitzers Memorial at the Drill Hall, Newport
5th Hants Howitzers Memorial at the Memorial Hall, Freshwater
  Documents and Newspaper cuttings :

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Part of Arthur Orchard's Pension papers, showing his service and his wife's details as Next of Kin.

Ancestry.com. British Army WWI Pension Records 1914-1920 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2007. Original data: War Office: Soldiers’ Documents from Pension Claims, First World War (Microfilm Copies); (The National Archives Microfilm Publication WO364);
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Page reformatted : 20 December 2011


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