Orford, William Kirkpatrick


He was the eldest son of Lewis Alfred and Frances Elizabeth Orford of Crumpsall, Manchester. His father was a solicitor. He came to Winchester from Mr. Buckland’s school at Laleham, was a House prefect in his last year and was a successful bowler in Turner Cup. He left to go to Clare College, Cambridge in 1913.

At the outbreak of war he joined the Public Schools Battalion of the Royal Fusiliers and received his commission in the 17th Battalion Manchester Regiment in January 1915, going to the front the following November. He was killed at Montauban on July 1st 1916, the opening day of the Battle of the Somme, while serving with a trench mortar battery. Three fellow Wykehamists also died in the Montauban attack that day: Lieutenant Gerald Maitland Sproat (Coll.1906-1912) was also in 17th Manchesters; Lieutenant Wilfred Herbert Everard Nield (H1904-1910) was with 11th Battalion, Royal Fusiliers (City of London Regiment); and Captain Charles Stanley Pearce (C1907-1913) was serving with 8th Battalion, East Surrey Regiment – see individual entries.

War: World War 1

  • Surname: Orford
  • Forenames or initials: William Kirkpatrick
  • House: F
  • Years in School: 1909-1913
  • Rank: 2nd Lieutenant
  • Regiment: Manchester Regiment
  • Date of Birth: 14th May 1895
  • Date of Death: 1st July 1916
  • How Died: Killed in action
  • Location in War Cloister: Outer F2
  • Decoration: NA
  • Burial Site: Unknown but commemorated on Pier and Face 4C of the THIEPVAL MEMORIAL