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Saturday, 10 November 2012

Orr, Samuel

Cadet Samuel Orr
was born in Belfast on 6th June 1894 and was of Presbyterian faith.

He was the son of Samuel Orr and Lucinda Orr.  In 1901, the family were living in house 33, Sunnyside Street, Ormeau Ward, Belfast.  
On 5th May 1910 Orr joined Northern Bank at Head Office.  By 1911, the family have moved to house 5, Farnham Park, Bangor, Co. Down.  Orr is recorded as a Bank Clerk. 
On ‘Ulster Day’, Saturday, 28th September 1912, a Samuel Orr signed the Ulster Covenant at the Guild Hall, Bangor. 
Transfers followed with Armagh (1912), Head Office (1914), Irvinestown (1914), Kilrea (1914) and Clones (1915). 
On 15th June 1915, Orr (aged 21) volunteered and enlisted into the Royal Army Ordnance Corps (RAOC) as a Private.  His Service Number was 08709.  He was attached to HQ 34th Division before joining the British Expeditionary Force.  He was then attached to the Argyll and Southern Highlanders as a Cadet.  Service was seen in the Somme 1916, Arras 1917, St. Quentin 1918 and the Allied Advance 1918.  Orr was demobilised in July 1919.  

He was awarded the British Victory Medal and the British War Medal.  A Medal Index Card can be accessed here.
Following demobilisation, Orr rejoined the Northern Bank on 5th August 1919 at Head Office.  Transfers followed to Saintfield (1919), Ballymoney (1922), Head Office (1923), Ballynahinch (1930), Donegall Square (1943) and Armoy – manager (1943). 

Northern Banking Company, Donegall Square

Orr retired on 31st October 1955.

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