Orr, Hugh (No. 10777)

Orr, Hugh

Rifleman

No. 10777, 3rd Battalion, Royal Irish Rifles

Died in a military hospital on Monday 14 April 1919 (aged 22)

Buried:

Carrowdore (Christ Church) Graveyard, Co. Down (Grave New Ground 13B)

Commemorated:

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Family Grave Headstone in Carrowdore (Christ Church) Graveyard, Co. Down

BIOGRAPHY

It is recorded in the CWGC debt of honour website that Rifleman Hugh Orr (No. 10777) was buried in Carrowdore (Christ Church) Graveyard, Co. Down.  There is no CWGC headstone.

Rifleman Hugh Orr (No. 10777) is commemorated on a headstone in Carrowdore (Christ Church) Graveyard, Co. Down:

ERECTED BY

SARAH HAMILTON

IN LOVING MEMORY OF HER SON

HUGH ORR

NO. 10777 3RD BATT, R.I.R

WHO DIED OF WOUNDS RECEIVED IN

ACTION IN FRANCE 14TH APRIL 1919

AGED 22 YEARS

ALSO THE ABOVE

SARAH HAMILTON

WHO DIED 18TH AUG 1954

THE LORD’S MY SHEPHERD

In Army pension records it is noted that Rifleman Hugh Orr (No. 10777) died in a military hospital and that his mother, Mrs Sarah Hamilton, was his next-of-kin.

In his mother’s death notice published in the Belfast Telegraph newspaper it is noted that Sarah Hamilton was the wife of the late Robert Hamilton, and that she died on 18 August 1954 at her residence, 14 Main Street, Carrowdore.

Robert Hamilton died of acute rheumatism and heart disease at home in Carrowdore on 27 November 1914 (aged 51).  Hugh Orr was with him when he died, registered his death, and made his mark on Robert’s death registration.

In the 1911 census return it is recorded that Robert Hamilton (aged 48) was the head of a family in Carrowdore.  The following information was recorded:

Robert Hamilton, Head of Family, Aged 48, Agricultural Labourer, Widower

Sarah Brown, Housekeeper, Aged 39, General Servant Domestic, Married 3 years

Sarah Hamilton, Daughter, Aged 4

Agnes Ann Hamilton, Daughter, Aged 3

George Arthur Hamilton, Son, Aged 1

Margaret Ferris, Boarder, Aged 84

Hugh Orr, Boarder, Aged 14

It is noted in Civil Birth Registration records that the following children were born to Robert and Sarah Hamilton (nee Brown):

Sarah Hamilton (born 1 June 1906 in Ballyfrenis)

Agnes Anna Hamilton (born 14 February 1908 in Carrowdore)

Hugh George Arthur Hamilton (born 4 August 1909 in Carrowdore)

It is noted in Civil Death Registration records that Margaret Ferris died of asthenia senilis on 13 February 1915.  Her daughter, Sarah Hamilton, was with her when she died, registered her death, and made her mark on Margaret’s death registration.

In the 1901 census return it is recorded that Margaret Ferris was the head of a family in Ballybuttle.  The following information was recorded:

Margaret Ferris, Head of Family, Aged 73, Not Married

Sarah Adams, Daughter, Aged 29, Married

Maggie Adams, Granddaughter, Aged 11

Robert John Adams, Grandson, Aged 10

Hugh Orr, Grandson, Aged 4

It is noted in Civil Birth Registration records that the following children were born to William James Adams (a sailor) and Sarah Adams (nee Brown):

Maggie (born 2 May 1889 in Ballyfrenis)

Robert John Brown (born 19 December 1890 in Ballyfrenis)

Hugh Orr (born 1 May 1896 in Ballyfrenis; it was Margaret Ferris, his grandmother, who registered his birth)

By 1901, Hugh Orr Adams had dropped the Adams surname and used Hugh Orr as his name thereafter.

It is noted in Civil Marriage Registration records that William James Adams and Sarah Brown were married on 12 July 1888 in Ballyfrenis United Free Church of Scotland.  William James Adams, a sailor from Ballyfrenis was a son of James Adams, a farmer.  Sarah Brown (aged 17) from Ballyfrenis was a daughter of Robert Brown, a farmer.

There is evidence to confirm that Rifleman Hugh Orr (No. 10777) was born on 1 May 1896 and that, when his mother died, her name was Sarah Hamilton.

There are some anomalies in the records and the following details have yet to be confirmed:

  • When and where were Robert Hamilton and Sarah Brown married
  • What happened to William James Adams and when did it happen
  • When and where was Sarah Brown (aged 17 in 1888) born, and what surname/father’s name (if any) was registered when she was born