top of page

Number Private 5681

Battalion 5th Battalion

Place of Birth Melbourne

Next of Kin His mother Mrs. Catherine Edwards of
Honiton Hill Meeniyan

Date and place of enlistment Leongatha 14/2/1916

Physical details on enlistment Age 21 years, 5'4",
9 stone, blue eyes and light brown hair

Religion Presbyterian

Occupation Farmer

Date and place of death

He was killed in action at Pozieres on 18/8/1916

Location of grave or memorial

He is remembered on the Memorial at Villers Bretonneux

Relationship to Woorayl Shire

He and his family lived in Meeniyan at Honiton Hill

Military History

Orlando was adopted at the age of 18 months by his aunt Catherine Edwards after the death of his parents. His brother Frank Martin met up with him for the first time since he was adopted in France where they were both serving. Orlando was killed 2 weeks later. Frank died of wounds a week after Orlando

He is on the Meeniyan Honour Roll
28/5/16 He embarked Alexandria
4/6/16 He disembarked in Marseilles
30/7/16 He joined his battalion
Catherine received his medals and plaque in the 20s
His effects were 2 wallets 11 coins 2 metal medals, photos, letters and keys
22/8/1919 Catherine asked for a death certificate
His real name was Walter Frederick Martin and he was adopted at the age of 18 months by his aunt


EDWARDS, Orlando

bottom of page