Frederick Arthur John Orange

London Regiment
Date of death 
6 November 1917
Age of death 
5 Waverley Villas
West Grove
Woodford Green
Address source 
1901 Census
Cemetery / Memorial 
Israel and Palestine (including Gaza)

Born in Kentish Town in 1893, son of Frederick Charles (Commercial Traveler in Chemicals) and Margaret Orange. 1901: With his family at 5 Waverley Villas, West Grove, Woodford Green. When the 1911 Census was taken Frederick had become a Student, and was with his family at 17 Birkbeck Avenue, Acton. The family home was later 14 Faraday Road, Acton.

Shortly after war broke out Frederick joined the Territorial 13 London Regiment (“The Kensingtons”) at their Iverna Gardens Headquarters, serving with the 2/13 Battalion. This was based at a number of locations in England until 28th April 1916 when it deployed to Ireland on HMS Snowdon following the Easter Rising in Dublin. Frederick and his colleagues performed security duties in Cork, Ballincollig and Macroom until moving to Rosslare on 14th May 1916 and returning to England.

Postings followed, to France from 22nd June 1916 until 18th November 1916, Salonika 30th November 1916 until 1st July 1917, and on 5th July 1917 the Battalion arrived in Alexandria to join the Egypt Expeditionary Force.

During 06/07 November 1917 the Battalion was among troops taking part in the Battle of Hareira & Sheria. This was part of the Egyptian/Palestine campaign, and involved attacking and breaking through resistant Turkish defences in the middle of the Gaza-Beersheba Line. At 13.35 the Battalion moved forward towards the Turkish Kauwukah and Rushdi trenches from the south east, and so began a period of fierce fighting. The men having advanced under machine gun fire managed to secure their objective.

During this important and decisive advance Frederick Orange was Killed in Action.

With the family appearing to have moved away to Acton, it is not clear how Frederick’s name came to be placed on the St Barnabas and Scouts war memorials at Woodford.

Research by Adrian Lee, Local Historian