Great War Third Battle of Ypres Passchendaele Ridge August 1917 Military Medal and October 1918 casualty group awarded to Private H. Orr, 11th Service Battalion, Lancashire Fusiliers, and formerly 6th Battalion, Cheshire Regiment, who came from Stockport, Cheshire, and was present out on the Western Front from 25th September 1915. Decorated for his bravery with the Brigade Signal Section in carrying dispatches and messages to and from the front line, he was apparently one of those fortunate few who went right through the action unscathed, in an

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Great War Third Battle of Ypres Passchendaele Ridge August 1917 Military Medal and October 1918 casualty group awarded to Private H. Orr, 11th Service Battalion, Lancashire Fusiliers, and formerly 6th Battalion, Cheshire Regiment, who came from Stockport, Cheshire, and was present out on the Western Front from 25th September 1915. Decorated for his bravery with the Brigade Signal Section in carrying dispatches and messages to and from the front line, he was apparently one of those fortunate few who went right through the action unscathed, in an action that was described as “a very hot shop”. His award was one of 12 such made to the battalion and announced on 27th September 1917, it being gazetted on 18th October 1917, and was subsequently presented to him by the Mayor of Stockport. Orr was subsequently wounded in action by a gunshot wound to the chest on 22nd October 1918.

Group of 4: Military Medal, GVR bust; (9814 PTE H. ORR. 11/LANC: FUS:); 1914-1915 Star; (9814 PTE. H. ORR. LAN. FUS.); British War Medal and Victory Medal; (9814 PTE. H. ORR. LAN. FUS.)

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Together with two cuttings, one from a newspaper titled ’Stockport Man Presented with Military Medal’, detailing the award to Orr, and confirming that he won the award during the Battle of Passchendaele Ridge in August 1917; the other is a cutting from a school journal, he being a member of the 48th class and a teacher, and congratulating Orr on his award of the Military Medal.

Harry Orr came from Brinnington, Stockport, Cheshire, where as of 1911 he was working as a cotton operative, and living at 40 School Street, Cheadle Heath. He married an Elizabeth Westhead on 23rd September 1911, she being also employed as a cotton operative. The ceremony occurred at the United Methodist Church at Great Portwood Street.

Orr, appears to have been at some stage a teacher, however also seen service in the Territorial Force with the 6th Battalion, Cheshire Regiment, with the outbreak of the Great War, he then enlisted on 12th November 1914 at Chester, and then saw service as a Private (No.9814) with the 11th Service Battalion, Lancashire Fusiliers. Present out on the Western Front from 25th September 1915 with the 25th Division.

It was for the Third Battle of Ypres in the Battle of Passchendaele Ridge in August 1917 that Orr won the Military Medal. At the time, ‘Orr was employed with the Brigade Signal Section in carrying dispatches and messages to and from the front line. Orr was one of those fortunate few who went right through the action unscathed.’ Another source states that this action was “a very hot shop”. Orr’s award of the Military Medal for bravery in the field was made to him whilst with the battalion on 27th September 1917, it being one of 12 awards to the battalion announced on that day. It was published in the London Gazette for 18th October 1917, and he subsequently received the award from the Mayor of Stockport, it being presented to him at Stockport Borough Police Court. ‘He congratulated Private Orr in the name of the town, for the faithful way in which he had done his duty’.

Orr was subsequently wounded in action by a gunshot wound to the chest on 22nd October 1918, and was discharged on 26th October 1919.