Wilfred Lawson Orchard

Date of birth: 1882
Place of birth: Weymouth, Dorset
Service No.: 4128
Rank: Private
Regiment / Division: Queen’s Own Cameron Highlanders
Battalion: 2nd
Died: 27th September 1918 aged 35 / 36 years
Death location: Salonika, Greece

Life before the War
Wilfred was baptised on 3rd September 1882 at Melcombe Regis, Dorset.  His parents were Ambrose Charles, aka Charles, and Margaret.  His father was employed, at the time of his baptism, as a Licensed Victualler.  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 in 1872 in Dublin South, Ireland.

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

Wilfred’s siblings were:

Charles George – baptised 21st January 1877 St. Peter’s Church, Portland, Dorsetshire; died 14th September 1914 (war casualty).

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

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

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

Mabel – born 1887 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 was 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. Charle,s like his brother Wilfred, was serving in India with the 2nd Battalion Cameron Highlanders.

Brother Charles’ War Service
Charles served with the Queen’s Own Cameron Highlanders as a Private.  He served in the Western European Theatre and was was killed in action on 14th September 1914.

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

Select the link to the brothers names to read their stories.

Wilfred’s War Service

Wilfred was drafted to France on 19th December 1914.

Name: Wilfred L. Orchard
Birth Place: Weymouth, Dorset
Residence: Northampton
Death Date: 27 Sep 1918
Death Location: Salonika
Enlistment Location: Dublin, Ireland
Rank: Private
Regiment: Queen’s Own Cameron Highlanders
Battalion: 2nd
Number 4128
Type of Casualty: Died
Theatre of War: Balkan Theatre

Wilfred is Remembered with Honour at the Mikra British Cemetery, Kalamaria, Greece.

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”.

Wilfred’s Medal Card shows he rose to the rank of Lance Corporal. He was entitled to the British War and Victory Medals.

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

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