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Ernest Orange 1891-1918

Ernest Orange is thought to be the older brother of Harold whose parents were Samuel and Eliza Orange. He was born in 1888 in Woodborough and the 1891 census has him recorded as living on Dark Lane (now Shelt Hill), Woodborough. He lived with his wife Mary Jane Orange at 2 Albion Terrace, Arnold (formerly off Surgey's Lane). In the 1901 census he appears to be listed as living with a John and Martha Plumb and he is described as their grandson. At the time of the census he was 13 years and was a market-gardener.

He joined the 1st Battalion Northumberland Fusiliers¹ and rose to the rank of Sergeant. This battalion were fighting around the area to the west of Arras during the late spring/early summer of 1918 and it was on 16th June 1918 that Ernest died, aged thirty years.

He is buried at Pernes British Cemetery. According to Martin Middlebrook in "The Somme Battlefields" many of the men buried at this cemetery died of their wounds rather than being killed immediately in action. On his gravestone are engraved the words "Our Loved One. Gone but not Forgotten".

Note ¹ Also known as "The Fifth" (The 5th Regiment of Foot), "Wellington's Bodyguard", "The Shiners" and "The often tried, always fighting, never failing fifth".


Article by Jean Powley


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