David Edward Orr Service Number CH/340(S) Private Royal Marine Light Infantry
David was born on 28 March 1892 in Belfast of William John and Margaret Orr, 89 Channing Street, Belfast. According to the 1911 census they had 5 living children including Albert Henry, Elizabeth, David Edward, and William Henry. At that time Mr. Orr was a carpenter and David was an apprentice clerk.
David also attended the Queen’s University Belfast.
The McQuiston church magazine of July 1915 records that David had an honourable career, full of the highest promise in the Wolfhill Spinning Company and later in the Counting House of Harland & Wolff’s Shipbuilding Yard. (Further details are included below)
David enlisted on 26 September 1914 and went for training with the Royal Marines at Chatham. He left Plymouth for Egypt in February 1915 and fell in the historic landing of the British troops at the Dardanelles on 8 May 1915 and is remembered at the Helles Memorial, Gallipoli, Turkey.
David’s name is included on the Presbyterian Roll of Honour.