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Arthur James Orr


Lieutenant-Commander (E), O-56593, RCN(R)


Died: 06 Feb 1974, Halifax, Nova Scotia


Arthur J. Orr, Naval Hero, Dies - 80, of Halifax, was buried in Gate of Heaven cemetery, following funeral service. He died Feb. 6 in Camp Hill Hospital. He was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland, where he served his apprenticeship to become a marine engineer. In 1916, he was commissioned a Sub-Lieutenant in the Royal Navy and soon after, survived a battle that sank, both his ship and a German raider. Between the two world wars, he served with the Royal Mail Lines and later with Canadian National Steamships. In the Second World War, he was senior engineer aboard HMCS PRINCE ROBERT when it captured a German ship off Mexico, the first recorded prize of war for the Royal Canadian Navy. After the war, he returned to the merchant marine and retired from Saguenay Terminals in 1957. Surviving are a son, Lt-Cmdr. Thomas Orr, Halifax, and a brother, Frederick, Calgary. He was predeceased by his wife, Margaret. (Halifax Chronicle-Herald 14 Feb 1974 / Researched by George Newbury)


Ships served in:

HMCS PRINCE ROBERT - Appointed to PRINCE ROBERT 31 Jul 1940 as an A/Lt (E), RCNR (Navy List Sep 1940).  Appointed Lt (E) (seniority 17 Jan 1940) (Navy List Feb 1941)

HMC DOCKYARD HALIFAX - Appointed to HMC DOCKYARD HALIFAX For Overseeing Duties 01 Jan 1942 as an A/LCdr (E), RCNR (Navy List Apr 1942)

HMCS GIVENCHY - Appointed to GIVENCHY 06 Dec 1943, Staff of Commander (D) as a LCdr (E), RCNR (Navy List Feb 1944)

HMCS SCOTIAN - Appointed to SCOTIAN for Commodore Superintendent Halifax, Staff of Co-ordinator of Outside Bases 23 Oct 1944 as a LCdr (E), RCNR. Appointed as a LCdr (E), RCN(R) (seniority 01 Jan 1943) (Navy List Apr 1946)

HMCS SCOTIAN (Retired List) - as a LCdr (E), RCN(R) (Navy List Jul 1954).  Last noted on the Retired List as a LCdr (E), RCN(R) at HMCS SCOTIAN (Navy List Jan 1960)



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