David was born in the Stockport parish of St Augustine's C of E Church, Brinksway. At the time of the 1901 Census, the family was living in Cheadle Hulme. David had been named after his father who was then aged 58 and who was working as a "Grey Calico Cloth Looker". His mother, Sarah, was 51. After the War, Mrs Orr was living at 90 School Street, Cheadle Heath and, by this time, her husband had died.
David enlisted into the army in September 1914 and went overseas the following July. He will have seen action at the Battle of Loos, later the same year and at the Battle of the Somme in the summer and autumn of 1916. He will have again been involved in a major attack at the Battle of Messines in June 1917. David had recently been home on leave only two weeks before he was killed in the fighting described here.
His officer wrote to Mr & Mrs Orr telling them that David had been shot by a sniper whilst trying to rescue a wounded comrade. "His gallant conduct has been brought to the attention of the General. His loss is keenly felt by all ranks, he having been in it since its formation."
Reporting his death, the local newspaper noted that David had been a member of the SSS Brotherhood. This is thought to be a reference to the Socialist Sunday School - a nationwide body dedicated to the education of working class men. The paper also mentioned that his older brothers, Harry and Herbert, were both serving with the armed forces and that Harry had recently been awarded the Military Medal. Both are believed to have survived the War.
David was not originally buried in the Hooge Crater Cemetery as this section he is buried in was not created until after the War. He may have been buried very close to where he was killed. Many of these small burial areas were closed after the War, when the land was being returned to civilian use and the bodies were re-interred in larger facilities. Alternatively, his body may have been lost during the battle and only rediscovered after the War