ORRISS, Walter

No.48150, Private, Walter ORRISS
Aged 20

1st/1st Battalion, Cambridgeshire Regiment
formerly 203324, Essex Regiment
Killed in Action on Monday, 23rd September 1918

Walter Orriss was born in Kedington (Risbridge Q3-1886 4A:616) son of Harry and Harriet Eizabeth ORRISS (née WILLIS).

His mother died in 199 and his father married Mary MIZON on 17th November 1904.

1901 census... Aged 2, he was with his widower father Harry ORRIS [25] farm labourer, at the house on Hundon Road of his grandparents. Present were his grandfather Ezekiel ORRISS [47] horseman; grandmother Maria [44] born Great Wratting; uncles David [20] horseman; Ezekiel [12] farm labourer, Samuel [9] and Albert [6]; aunt Esther [16]. All except his grandmother were born in Kedington.

1911 census...Aged 12, he was at Dash End, Kedington with his father, stepmother Mary [27] born Haverhill and aunt Tamar MIZON [17] born Haverhill.

His father and stepmother later moved to Bridge House Stores, Kedington. His father enlisted on 8th April 1918, medically graded B2, was placed on Reserves and mobilised into the Labour Corps on 11th November 1918, being demobbed on 13th February 1919.

He enlisted in Sudbury in 1917 and was in France by October. His medal index card has him as Suffolk Regiment ?
The war diary has not been found, but the village of Epehy was re-taken on 18th September 1918 by the 7th Norfolks, 9th Essex and the Cambridgeshires

The Cambridgeshires lost 10 men on the 23rd

photo: Rodney Gibson

Walter Orriss is buried in Epehy Wood Farm Cemetery, grave 1:G:8

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