Rank or Title
Date of Birth
Date of Death
22 Aug 1918
War time / or Pre War occupation
Place of Birth
World War I Address
Place of Death
War Memorial Location
Soldier or Civilian
Pte Thomas Orchard, 6260, 23th Battalion Middlesex Regiment, was reported missing on August 20th, 1918, and later listed as killed in action on August 22nd. He was aged 33 and married with a daughter.
Widow Annie, living at 172 Wellington Street, Luton, with daughter Connie Freda (born 1909), was appealing for information on his whereabouts when Thomas's picture was published in The Luton News with little information about him.
Ancestry records show that Thomas was born in Winterborne Whitechurch, Dorset, in 1885, to Charles and Mary Orchard. By 1901 he was living in Luton with his uncle Hinsley Arthur Davis - his mother's brother – at 10 Castle Street. His uncle was a dairyman running his own business in which Thomas helped.
On April 16th, 1906, Thomas married Annie Matilda Syred at Christ Church, Luton, and they lived at 172 Wellington Street, Thomas continuing to work as a milkman.
The Commonweath War Graves Commission website gives the date of his death as August 22nd. Annie was given the date of August 20th, which she had included in the Book of Life compiled at Luton Parish Church and included in an in memorium notice printed in August 1919.
Thomas is also included on the Luton Roll of Honour and War Memorial.