O’Rorke, Daniel

O’Rorke, Daniel (served as O’Rourke, Daniel)

Lieutenant

170th Siege Battery, Royal Garrison Artillery

Killed in action on Tuesday 30 July 1918 (aged 21)

Buried:

Hedauville Communal Cemetery Extension, France (Grave E. 15)

Commemorated:

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Holywood and District War Memorial

Helen’s Bay Golf Club

Rockport School, Craigavad

Apprentices to Solicitors Memorial, Four Courts, Dublin

Ulster Solicitors and Apprentices Memorial Plaque in the Royal Courts of Justice, Belfast

BIOGRAPHY

In some records his surname is spelt O’Rourke.

Daniel O’Rorke was born on 22 March 1897 at Dunratho, Craigavad, Holywood and he was a son of Ambrose Howard O’Rorke and Isabel Weldon White O’Rorke (nee Spunner, sometimes Whitespunner, sometimes Weldon) who were married on 14 April 1896 in Carrickfergus Roman Catholic Church.  Ambrose Howard O’Rorke, a 38-year-old bachelor and a Gentleman from Greenisland was son of Daniel O’Rorke, also a Gentleman.  Isabel Weldon White Spunner, a 28-year-old spinster and a Lady from Greenisland was a daughter of Benjamin White Spunner, a clergyman.

Ambrose Howard O’Rorke and Isabel Weldon White O’Rorke (nee Spunner, sometimes Whitespunner, sometimes Weldon) had two children:

Daniel (born 22 March 1897 at Dunratho, Craigavad)

Mary Oonagh Isabel (born 21 April 1899 at Dunratho, Craigavad)

Ambrose Howard O’Rorke worked as a solicitor and company director and he died on 20 February 1902 (aged 45).

Daniel O’Rorke was educated at Rockport School, Craigavad and at Clongowes Wood College in County Kildare.  He was a member of Helen’s Bay Golf Club.

Daniel O’Rorke received his commission early in the Great War and, after home training, was stationed in Gibraltar for two years.

Daniel O’Rorke applied for active service and was posted to France.  He was 21 when he was killed in action on 30 July 1918 whilst serving as a Lieutenant with the Royal Garrison Artillery.  Lieutenant Daniel O’Rorke was buried in Hedauville Communal Cemetery Extension in France and there is an inscription on his CWGC headstone:

THY WILL OH GOD

NOT MINE BE DONE

Lieutenant Daniel O’Rorke is commemorated on Holywood and District War Memorial; in Helen’s Bay Golf Club; in Rockport School, Craigavad and on the Apprentices to Solicitors Memorial, Four Courts, Dublin.

[There are two War Memorial panels in the Four Courts, Dublin to commemorate those members of the Irish legal profession who died in the First World War.  One plaque bears the names of 25 barristers and the other bears the names of 20 solicitors and 17 apprentice solicitors.]

He is also commemorated on the Ulster Solicitors and Apprentices Memorial Plaque in the Royal Courts of Justice, Belfast.

In the Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC) Debt of Honour Website his surname is spelt O’Rourke and a family connection with Hill Mount, Cushendall, Co Antrim is recorded.