Joseph Alexander (Alec/Alex) ORR


ORR, Joseph Alexander

Service Number: 3423
Enlisted: 30 November 1916
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 51st Infantry Battalion
Born: Wycheproof, Buloke Shire, Victoria, Australia, 1898
Home Town: Katanning, Western Australia
Schooling: Katanning State School, Western Australia
Occupation: Blacksmith
Died: Killed In Action, Belgium, 28 September 1917
Cemetery: Hooge Crater Cemetery
Hooge Crater Cemetery, Passchendaele, Flanders, Belgium
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour
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World War 1 Service

30 Nov 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 3423, 51st Infantry Battalion
29 Jan 1917: Involvement Private, SN 3423, 51st Infantry Battalion, Third Ypres
29 Jan 1917: Embarked Private, SN 3423, 51st Infantry Battalion, HMAT Miltiades, Fremantle

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Biography contributed by Matthew Grice

The Southern Districts Advocate (WA)

(14 November 1917) (Page 2)


We also regret to state that news arrived yesterday of the death in France of Pte Alec Orr. This lad was only 18½ years of age at the time of his death. At his mother's death, when but 3 months old, his grandparents, Mr & Mrs J. E. Baker, brought him to Katanning, where he spent his childhood and boyhood days. His grandparents and sister have the sympathy of all.  

Mount Wycheproof Ensign and East Wimmera Advocate (Vic)

(16 Nov 1917) (Page 2)

The news of the death of Pte. Alex. Orr, only son of Mr A. Orr, of Nullawil, who was killed in action in France on September 28th, has been received with sincere regret. He was about 19 years of age, and although born at Nullawil, had been at Katanning (West Aust) for a few years before enlisting in the A.I.F, Miss, A. Orr, of Wycheproof, is a sister, and there are two sisters in W. A.