Major William John Orr

Biography of Major William John Orr

William John Orr was born on the 25th August 1874 to Agnes Bryce and Thomas Orr. The family lived in Saltcoats at Dockhead Street. He came to the University of Glasgow to study Medicine and graduated MB CM in 1896.

Following graduation he worked at the Western Infirmary with Professor McCall Anderson as a House Physician. He later worked in other hospitals around Glasgow, including the Royal Asylum at Gartnavel and at Shieldhall Fever Hospital. William worked in Hounslow where he met the woman that would become his wife, Helene Marie Suzanne Pache, who was on holiday. The couple married in Morges, Switzerland on the 17th August 1905.

In 1907, around a year after the birth of the couple's first child, Alexis, they bought Brand House in Ludlow which would become the family home and William's practice. A year later, Charles William was born there and in 1911 the couple's third son, Reginald Henri, was born. William had the distinction of being the first doctor in Ludlow to own a car.

In 1915 William received his commission as a Major in the Royal Army Medical Corps. He served in the military hospital at Rubery in Birmingham for the duration of the conflict. William survived the war but died in November 1923 in Ludlow.


Major William John Orr
Rank: Major
Regiment: Royal Army Medical Corps
Degree: MB CM
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There was some confusion identifying William, as he was given a date of death in the notes. However we have confirmed that this is the W J Orr in the published Roll of Service.

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