LEATHERHEAD WAR MEMORIALS - WWII
Air Mechanic 2nd Class Donald Orchard
Town Memorial WWII Panel
Name: ORCHARD, DONALD
Rank: Air Mechanic 2nd Class
Regiment: Royal Navy
Date of Death: 15/07/1945
Service No: FX577045
Additional information: Son of Albert Harry George and Eva Emily Orchard, of Leatherhead.
Grave/Memorial Reference: South of Church, South Boundary. [local grave no. 1271] ¹
Cemetery: LEATHERHEAD (SS. MARY AND NICHOLAS) CHURCHYARD
The inscription at the foot of the grave reads:
You have passed on and we remain but the time will come we'll meet again.
It is not yet known which unit of the Royal Navy Donald Orchard was serving with, nor the circumstances of his death except that he died in Llandaff Military Hospital, registered Q3 1945, Cardiff.
His father was Albert Harry George Orchard, born 1903, registered in Epsom, who was a Bus Driver for London Transport at Leatherhead. His mother was Eva Emily Maddock, born 1905, registered in Ealing. Their marriage on 5th January 1924 was in Leatherhead Parish Church. She died in 1985, registered in Worthing, having remarried. In 1938 the family were living at 17 Ryebrook Road, Leatherhead ².
1. St Mary & St Nicholas Leatherhead Graves database, Leatherhead & District Local History Society
Commonwealth War Graves Commission entry
the website editor would like to add further information on this casualty
e.g. a photo of him , and of any recollections within his family.
last updated 9 Aug 2004: 12 Feb 14 CWGC links updated 7 Nov 17