Rank Lance Corporal
Service Number 301231
Battalion 12th Battalion
Regiment Durham Light Infantry
Buried Hooge Crater Cemetery, Belgium
Joseph White Ordish lived most of his life in Leicestershire but he was born in 1882 in Micklethwaite, the son of Joseph George Ordish and his wife Kathleen. Joseph (senior) was a butler and appears on the electoral rolls for Micklethwaite from 1887 to 1890. At this time there were some significant movements of the family: in 1890 Joseph (Snr) was living in London and his son, Thomas George, was born there in 1890. However by the census in 1891, Joseph (Jnr) is living with his parents in Melton Mowbray. Joseph Ordish (Snr) died in Wetherby on the 30th November 1898. In 1901, Joseph (Jnr) was boarding at 33 Wilton Road, Swindon where he is described as being a shopkeepers assistant at an iron mongers.
We have been unable to trace Joseph (Jnr) in the 1911 census, although his mother is living with his brother at 67 Thorpe Road, Melton Mowbray at that time.
On the 12th November 1915, Joseph White Ordish attested for service in Leicester and was placed in the reserve until the 19th March 1916. He served first in the 2/8th Battalion of the Durham Light Infantry with the service number 301231. He was appointed as Lance Corporal, and Corporal during his servce with the 2/8th, and subsequently the 1/8th Battalion, before reverting to private on his later posting.
Joseph embarked for France in Folkstone on the 15th June 1917 and disembarked a day later in Boulogne. On the 1st July 1917 he was posted to the 12th Battalion Durham Light Infantry. On the 15th September 1917 he was promoted to Lance Corporal.
Joseph White Ordish was Killed in Action on the 20th September 1917 and is buried in Hooge Crater Cemetery, Belgium.
On Friday October 5th 1917 The Melton Mowbray Times & Vale of Belvoir Gazette published the following article under the heading. “MELTON AND THE WAR” – MELTON SOLDIER’S KILLED. Yesterday Mrs J. G. Ordish, Thorpe Road, Melton Mowbray, received a letter from an officer informing her that her eldest son, Lance-Corpl. J. W. Ordish, of the Durham Light Infantry, was instantly killed on the 21st ult. Deceased who was 35 years of age, served his apprenticeship at Messrs. Sharman and Ladbury’s and was for 15 years in the employ of Messrs. Vipan and Headley, Leicester, before joining up about two years ago.
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