Pioneer Archibald Little Orr

Biography of Pioneer Archibald Little Orr

Archibald Little Orr was born on the 6th October 1896 in Hamilton, Lanarkshire. He was the son of David Little Orr, a Grocer in Hamilton, and Margaret Campbell Orr. He was the tenth of their 11 children. Archibald attended Hamilton Academy (now amalgamated with St John’s to form Hamilton Grammar School).

As with many students at this time, Archibald had enrolled at the University for the year 1914-1915, in his case to study Medicine, but on the outbreak of war felt obliged to enlist.

Pioneer Archibald Little Orr was killed in action on the 12th July 1917, in France and is buried at Cambrin Military Cemetery, Cambrin, north of Arras, Pas de Calais, France. At the time of his death he was a Pioneer in 'O' Special Company of the Royal Engineers, the Poison Gas Response Engineers.

His eldest brother, Thomas, had completed both medical and science degrees and younger brother Hugh who had also enlisted, survived the war and went on to complete his medical training at the University.

Pioneer Archibald Little Orr is remembered on the Hamilton War Memorial, and Hamilton Academy War Memorial.


Pioneer Archibald Little Orr
Rank: Pioneer
Regiment: O Special Coy. Royal Engineers
Degree: Student
Awards: N/A
Comments: Killed in action, 12 July 1917.
Note/Press Clipping: Ch 4/4/2/3/1178
Photo ID: Ch 4/4/2/2/209


University of Glasgow Registry records.

Biography: Biographical information compiled by Great War Project Researcher William Sutherland.

Burial Place: Commonwealth War Graves Commission - Find War Dead

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