Obituary for Lieutenant Colonel Jim Orr OBE

Posted by webmaster | Uncategorized | Thursday 30 November 2017 6:54 pm

It was with great sadness that I had to report the sad demise of Jim after a long illness.  His funeral which was well attended, as you would expect, took place in the Parish Church at Colvend, Dalbeattie at 1100 Friday 6 December 2017.

Brian A S Leishman MBE


In memory of Lieutenant Colonel Jim Orr OBE

Jim was commissioned into the Cameronians (Scottish Rifles) in 1955. After completing the mandatory post Sandhurst Young officers course he joined the 1st Battalion in Germany in the Spring of 1956.

Towards the end of 1956 the Cameronians left Germany staging through Edinburgh en route to Bahrain in the Persion Gulf. In Oman a rebellion that had  petered out in 1954 broke out again and The Cameronians were deployed in an emergency response to it.

Whilst the bulk of the battalion was in Oman a detachment was based in Kenya and it was there that if was reunited in the Spring of 1958. However they were soon on the move again this time to Jordan, in the face of a threat of a coup d’etat by the Jordanian Army against the king. In the event the loyalty of Jordanian Army held and the Battalion was able to return to Kenya at the end of the year.

At this point Jim flew back to Britain completed selection and parachute training and married Alison. They then both flew out to join the Battalion in Kenya. When the Battalion returned home in 1960 Jim and Alison left us he for three years with the Parachute Regiment returning in 1963 and taking over D Company .

There followed a succession of interesting and stimulating jobs including staff college culminating with his appointment s Commandant Sennelager Area.

Jim was a fine soldier, a devoted husband and father, a firm friend and in the words of one of his sons, a real model for them in their childhood. He was blessed with apparently limitless energy together with physical and moral courage, confronting an open enemy in Oman, a sneakier sort in Northern Ireland, the risks of keeping a weather eye on the ~Soviets in Germany and the unimaginable pain of losing a beloved chid.

Ian Farquharson

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