Also Served: Walter Harold Orrett -
Walter Harold ORRETT
4, Garden Walk, Prescot
Pte 241564, 1/5th Bn., South Lancashire Regiment
Later 235233, Royal Warwickshire RegimentRef. No.:
Walter was born in Prescot in 1896, a younger brother of John Stanley Orrett. The family lived in Garden Walk, Prescot, and the 1911 Census listed Walter, aged 15, working as a 'Clerk Timekeeper'. Little is known of his military service, but the picture above shows him wearing the Imperial Service Badge, which Territorial soldiers wore to indicate their willingness to serve overseas. This suggests a pre-war enlistment to the army.
Walter's number, 241564, is from the Territorial renumbering of March 1917, after which time he must have transferred to the Warwicks. He was entitled to the British War Medal and Victory Medal, so it would appear that he went overseas with the South Lancs sometime in 1917, before his transfer.
After the war, Walter married Lydia Hayes, sister of James Hayes. They had one child, Stanley, born in 1923. The picture above was kindly provided by John Hayes, son of Pte James Hayes.
In later years, the Orrett family lived at 19, Columbia Road, Prescot. Lydia passed away in July 1982 and Walter shortly afterwards, in February 1983.