|Date of birth:||1888|
|Place of birth:||Southampton|
|Service No.:||Not known|
|Died:||21st March 1917 aged 29 years|
|Death location:||At sea in the English Channel|
Life before the War
Orlando was the second of five children born to parents Orlando and Alice Agatha, nee Humphries. Orlando senior was born in 1862 and died in 1945, Alice was born in 1864 and died in 1908. Orlando and Alice married in Southampton in 1884. Both were born in Southampton and died in the city. Orlando senior’s occupation was Seaman.
Orlando’s siblings – 2 sisters and 2 brothers all born in Southampton – were:
Alice Agatha b.1886 and d.1957 in Southampton. Married James Foster in Southampton.
Frederick b.1890 and d.1948 in Southampton. Married Bessie Pottle in 1914 in Southampton.
In the 1891 census Orlando William was living with his parents, Alice and Frederick at 8 St Marys St, Southampton. All the family are at home when the 1901 census is conducted and they are still living at 8 St Marys St.
By the 1911 census the family was living at 3 Duke Street, Southampton. Ernest is employed as a Postman and Edith is single. And just down the road at number 29 lived Orlando William’s future wife, Daisy Meagers. Orlando and Daisy were married in Southampton in 1916. Daisy was born in Southampton in 1892 and died on the Isle of Wight in 1974.
Orlando was killed whilst serving as a Fireman on HMHS Asturias. He received the Mercantile Marine Medal and is remembered on the Memorial at Tower Hill.
15 members of the crew of Asturias are buried in Southampton Old Cemetery, including Orlando who is buried with his parents – Grave Ref. B.169-44.
Built in 1907 as a cruise ship on the Southampton to Buenos Aires run. When war broke out she was requisitioned by the Admiralty, converted and operated as a hospital ship and made regular crossings to France. She also served in the Eastern Mediterranean during the Dardanelles Campaign returning wounded back to the United Kingdom.
In March 1917 after landing her wounded back to Avonmouth she was attacked by a German submarine and struck by a torpedoe which blew off her stern killing 35 of her crew.
The Asturias was declared a total loss, her hull was put to use as a floating ammunition store at Plymouth for the rest of the war. Remarkably her hulk was repurchased by the Royal Mail Line in 1920 and rebuilt as a cruise liner, she was renamed Arcadian and operated on cruising in the Mediterranean and West Indies until 1930 and was finally scrapped in 1933.
15 of her crew are buried in Southampton.
|Published:||14th October 2015|
|Updated:||Insert dates here|
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