Orr, Samuel (Sam)
No. 64162, 121st Field Company, Royal Engineers
Died of wounds on Monday 27 March 1916 (aged 22)
Ste Marie Cemetery, France (Div. 19. V. 3)
Portaferry Orange Hall (LOL 673)
Portaferry (Ballyphilip) Parish Church of Ireland Church (St James)
Family grave headstone in the adjoining graveyard
Samuel Orr was born on 6 April 1893 in Portaferry and he was a son of Samuel and Mary Orr (nee Beck) who were married on 29 June 1892 in Portaferry Presbyterian Church.
The Orr family lived in Church Street and in Ferry Street, Portaferry.
Samuel Orr Senior was a seaman and he and Mary had at least five children:
Samuel (born 6 April 1893 in Portaferry)
Mary Isabella (born 21 January 1896; died 24 October 1976 aged 80)
Margaret Jane (born 24 March 1898)
Hugh (born 4 May 1899)
John (born 26 April 1908; died 16 September 1996 aged 88)
Prior to the outbreak of the Great War, Samuel Orr worked as a carpenter; he was a member of the Ulster Volunteer Force and in 1915 he enlisted in Belfast. Lance Corporal Samuel Orr served with the 121st Field Company Royal Engineers in the 36th (Ulster) Division and he was 22 when he died of wounds on 27 March 1916 in the Base Hospital at Le Havre in France. The report of his death in the 1 April 1916 edition of the Newtownards Chronicle paid tribute to his ‘virtuous principles’ and it contained the verse:
He is not dead, the child of our affection,
But gone into that school: where
He no longer needs our poor protection,
And Christ Himself doth rule.
Lance Corporal Samuel Orr’s uncle and aunt Mr and Mrs James Beatty of 4 Mill Street Newtownards placed a For King and Country notice in the same edition of the Newtownards Chronicle.
Lance Corporal Samuel Orr was buried in Ste Marie Cemetery, France and there is an inscription on his CWGC headstone:
FROM ALL HIS LABOURS NOW HE RESTS
IN GOD’S ETERNAL GLORY BLEST
Lance Corporal Samuel Orr is commemorated in Portaferry Orange Hall (LOL 673); in Portaferry (Ballyphilip) Parish Church of Ireland Church (St James) and on the family grave headstone in the adjoining graveyard. Two weeks after Sam died his brother Hugh was informed that he had passed the Pharmaceutical Preliminary Examination held in Dublin. Hugh was serving his apprenticeship in the Portaferry Medical Hall.
Lance Corporal Sam Orr’s father Samuel died on 25 September 1935 (aged 72) and his mother Mary died on 11 March 1944 (aged 75).