Charles Robert Orchard
Egypt and Sudan 1882-89, dated reverse, 1 clasp, Alexandria 11th July (C.R.ORCHARD. SH:
CORPL. 2CL: H.M.S.TEMERAIRE), ROYAL NAVY LONG SERVICE GOOD CONDUCT MEDAL (VR:
C.R.ORCHARD, SH.CORPL.1ST.CL: H.M.S. BRITANNIA), KHEDIVES STAR DATED 1882.
Charles Robert Orchard was born in St.
Sidwells, Exeter, on 19 January 1855. He
entered the Royal Navy as a Boy 2nd Class in
1870 and his first ship was Narcissus.
He advanced to Boy 1st Class and Bugler in
January 1873 and was advanced to Ordinary
Seaman in March the same year. He served on
the Northumberland, October 1873-July 1875
and Black Prince, July 1875-October 1877,
being promoted to Able Seaman in February
1876. He was rated as Ship’s Corporal 2nd
Class in November 1880 when on the Royal
He joined the Temeraire in September 1881
and saw service at the bombardment of
Alexandria in July 1882. Whilst on the ship,
he was promoted to Ship’s Corporal 1st Class
in November 1882. Orchard served on the
Britannia, February 1883-August 1891. He
was pensioned ashore in January 1893.
In the 1861 census he is living with his mother
Charlotte, a spirit dealer and 4 brothers and a
sister, in the 1871 census he appears as a 16yr
old Boy 2nd Class aboard Squirrel in Devon.
In the 1891 census he is aboard Brittania in
Devon. In the first quarter of 1883 he
married Sarah Ann Lawrence and by 1901 he is
living with his wife Sarah and 10 year old
daughter Beatrice in Heavietree, Devon. In
1911 the census shows him at 232 Beaumont
Road Plymouth, he is living with wife and
daughter still. The 1911 census shows that he
had two children but one had died. He died in
Exeter in the 4th quarter of 1935 aged 80
Provenance DNW Sept, 2007 (Colin Narbeth