3rd Battallion Somerset Light Infantry
He was one of our gallant townsmen,
Who gave his life to save
His country's honour from the Hun
Who'd make each one a slave.
Though far away in Belgium
His heart was always here
He thought on Loyal Ulster
He was still a Volunteer.
For in the muddy trenches
Two days before he fell
He penned a message to his lads
To guard old Ulster well.
He was our gallant captain
His commands we did regard;
We'll never have his like again
To drill us round the yard.
He's answered roll call up above
His work on earth is done;
He nobly died a soldier's death,
Fighting the German Hun.
But the day is surely coming
That his blood will be avenged;
By the noble 12th Battalion
His death will be revenged.
He's gone from us forever
But his spirit will live in
The gallant lads who go to sweep
The Germans to Berlin.
Then buckle on your armour
The call comes near and far;
To go and help our brothers
To end this bloody war.
The sad tidings of the death of Captain Robert C. Orr, solicitor, Ballymena was received on Wednesday morning, last, by his partner, Mr. Travers W. King, solicitor. The deceased was gazetted to the 3rd Bn. Somerset Lt. Infantry about four years ago and was reported missing as from the 19th inst (December 1914). He was appointed captain of his regiment on the 3rd November after he had proceeded to the front.
He was the son of the late Mr. Robert Orr, solicitor who carried on an extensive practice in Lombard Street, Belfast and who in 1892 was joint secretary of the great Ulster Unionist Convention and was at one time service partner in the firm of Robert and Hugh Orr Solicitors, Ballymena.
The late captain Orr was educated at Rugby and was admitted as a solicitor in 1903 when he became attached to office of R. & H. Orr, High Street, Ballymena.
The late Captain Orr was appointed adjutant of the 'Irish Battalion North Antrim Regt of the Ulster Volunteers and since the inception of this movement he was most prominently identified with it, as indeed he was with everything pertaining to the cause of Unionism in this district.
He was also a very prominent figure at Larne Harbour on the historic occasion of the gun-running and distribution of the rifles to the loyalist volunteers of the county.
The deceased was a devoted member of St. Patrick's Church of Ireland, Ballymena. His mother resides at Rockside, Newcastle, Co. Down and his brother is practising as a solicitor in Lombard Street, Belfast.