Charles George Orchard

Date of birth: 1876
Place of birth: Portland, Dorsetshire
Service No.: 8161
Rank: Private
Regiment / Division: Queen’s Own Cameron Highlanders
Battalion: 1st
Died: 14th September 1914 aged 37 / 38 years old
Death location: France

Life before the War
Charles was baptised at St. Peter’s Church, Portland, Dorsetshire on 21st January 1877.  His parents were Ambrose Charles, aka Charles, and Margaret.  At the time of Charles’s baptism his father was employed as a Civil Guard.  Ambrose was baptised at West Knighton, Dorset on 26th July 1835.  He died 1890 in Southampton.  Margaret, nee Byrne, was born 1853 in Co Wicklow, Ireland.  She and Ambrose married 1872 in Dublin South, Ireland

Ambrose Charles and his wife Margaret tragically lost their four sons in the Great War.

Charles’s siblings were:

Andrew Thomas, aka Thomas – born 21st October 1877, baptised 6th November 1878 St. Peter’s Church, Portland, Dorset; died 1st June 1916 (war casualty).

Daisy May – born 26th May 1880, baptised 13th October 1880 at St. Peter’s Church.  Married William Thomas McAllen 1903.

Wilfred Lawson – baptised 3rd September 1882 at Melcombe Regis; died 29th September 1918 (war casualty).

Alfred Henry, aka Harry – born 1885 Southampton; died 31st October 1914 (war casualty).

Mabel – born 1887 in Southampton.

The family lived at The Grove, Portland in 1881.  Nearby was the village of Easton, notable for containing a Youth Offenders Institute, where Ambrose was employed as a Warder Convict Services.  At the time of Wilfred’s baptism in 1882 Charles was a Licensed Victualler.

By 1891 Margaret was widowed.  She moved to Southampton with the family and was a Lodging House Keeper at 19 Simmel Street, St. Michaels District.  Charles and Thomas were employed as Messengers.

Margaret married James Macey 1891 in Southampton.  Margaret with her husband and their daughter Victoria Maud Macey, born 1895, were living at 32 Dukes Road, Portswood, Southampton in 1901.  James was a Dock Labourer.

The Orchard children had left home by 1901 – Andrew was serving aboard HMS Electra as a Leading Stoker, Daisy was employed as a Housemaid in Bournemouth whilst Charles was living in Minchinhampton, Gloucestershire and working as a Domestic Gardener.

In 1911 Wilfred and Charles were serving in India, Wilfred with the 2nd Cameron Highlanders, his rank was Lance Corporal (Bandsman).  Victoria Maud Macey was a housemaid living at 12 Brunswick Place, Southampton.  Andrew was living in Petersfield where he is working for the General Post Office as a Skilled Labourer in the Engineering Department.

Brother Andrew’s War Service – Portsmouth Memorial
“Orchard, Sto. 1st Cl. Thomas, 284567 (RFR/PO/B/2990). R.N. H.M.S. “Tipperary”. Killed in action at Battle of Jutland 1st June, 1916. Age 38. Son of Charles and Margaret Orchard”.

Brother Wilfred’s War Service – Mikra British Cemetery
“Orchard, Pte. Wilfred Lawson, 4128. 2nd Bn. Cameron Highlanders. 29th Sept., 1918. Age 36. Brother of Mrs. McAllen, of 247, Manor Farm Rd., Bitterne Park, Southampton”.

Brother Alfred’s War Service
Alfred enlisted into the Queen’s Own Cameron Highlanders with the 1st Battalion.  He died on 31st October 1914 whilst fighting in the Western European Theatre.

Select the brothers names to read their stories.

Charles’ War Service
Charles embarked for France on 14th August 1914.

Name: Charles Orchard
Birth Place: Portland, Dorsetshire
Death Date: 14th Sep 1914
Death Location: France & Flanders
Enlistment Location: Southampton, Hants
Rank: Private
Regiment: Queen’s Own Cameron Highlanders
Battalion: 1st
Number 8161
Type of Casualty: Killed in action
Theatre of War: Western European Theatre
Comments: Formerly 4506, Hampshire Regt

Charles is Remembered with Honour in the La Ferte-Sous-Jouarre Memorial, France.

He was entitled to the 1914 Star, British Service and Victory Medals and Clasps.

Researcher: Becky Lonergan
Published.: 1st December 2013
Updated: Insert dates here

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