Wallace Ernest Orchard (August 20, 1890 – June 2, 1917) was a Canadian amateur ice hockey left wing who played for Montreal AAA.[1]

Wallace Orchard
Born (1890-08-20)August 20, 1890
Saint-Lambert, Quebec, Canada
Died June 2, 1917(1917-06-02) (aged 26)
Grévillers, France
Position Left wing
Played for Montreal AAA
Montreal Victorias
Playing career 1908–1915

Military service edit

On January 18, 1916, a year and a half after the outbreak of the First World War, Orchard enlisted in the Royal Naval Air Service.[2] He was noted as a "good steady pilot" and was commissioned as a temporary flight sub-lieutenant in August.[2]

On June 2, 1917, Orchard, stationed with No. 3 Squadron on the Western Front, took off in a Sopwith Pup biplane to intercept German aircraft reported in the area.[2] While mounting an attack on one German plane, he was wounded in the face and subsequently returned to his squadron's airfield.[2] Approximately 200 feet (61 m) above the airstrip, Orchard's aircraft's engine failed, causing the aircraft to crash.[2] The severely wounded Orchard was recovered and transported to No. 1 Field Dressing Station at Beugny, then to the 29th Casualty Clearing Station in Grévillers, where he died of his wounds.[2] Orchard is buried at the Grevillers British Cemetery.[3]

Career statistics edit

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1908–09 Montreal AAA CAHL[1] 1
1914–15 Montreal Victorias Mtl CSHL[1] 4 1 0 1 0
Career totals 5 1 0 1 0

References edit

  1. ^ a b c "Wallace Orchard - Profile". SIHR. Retrieved August 5, 2020.
  2. ^ a b c d e f "Page 184: Wallace Ernest Orchard". National Archives. Retrieved August 5, 2020.
  3. ^ "Casualty Details: Wallace Ernest Orchard". Commonwealth War Graves Commission. Retrieved August 5, 2020.