THE SOMME MEMORIAL LOYAL ORANGE LODGE 842
21st Anniversary Parade
Commemorating the 21 years of LOL 842 in Bristol
‘Plus remembrance of 100 year anniversary of the outbreak of WW1’
On 28TH April 1914’
Winston Churchill citation on Ulster Division actions at Battle of the Somme:
‘Unconquerable except by death’
During WW1 the Orange Order left no doubt as to the Order’s loyalty to King and Country. The Orange Order had more members volunteer for military service in WW1 than any other political – religious organisation in the world.
More than 200,000 Orangemen saw service in WW1.
‘We will remember them’
The sacrifice of the Orangemen was great as was their bravery. The resolve of those young men may be seen in the dying words of Bro. Pt. F. Holt, 4th Kings Liverpool Regiment, (a Member of L.O.L.782) fatally wounded at Neuve Chapelle on 14 April, 1915 who told his comrades "I have done my duty to my King and Country and I have not forgotten the Orange obligation I took in 782".
On 12 July 1915. Private George Sherwood, a Belfast native serving with the Canadian Army Service Corps, describes the occasion:
We (the Canadians) all gathered together with a good many Ulstermen to celebrate the Battle of the Boyne. The procession started from "Shrapnel Square" and was headed by an old scout mounted on a white horse with its mane and tail plaited with Orange and Purple ribbon. Next came the fife and drums well decorated with Orange Lilies and "No Surrender" was painted on the flag we carried".
Before The Parade: LOL 842 members and invited guests assembled at Arnos Vale Cemetery, West Lodge, Bath Rd, Bristol for a Remembrance Service
There was a memorial service for Lance Corporal Samuel Hogan, number 10751, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers who died on 15 July 1916 Age 22
A Belfast Boy who was fatally wounded on the first Day of The Battle Of The Somme. He was transported back to a Bristol Hospital where he died. He was then buried in a shared grave at Arnos Vale Cemetery. The grave today is unmarked, however was marked for us on the day and a short memorial service took place with laying of a wreath.
Below 2014 photograph of Samuel Hogan
Below LOL 842 Brethern at Arnos Vale
Below Tribute left at Lance Corporal Samuel Hogan's grave
Musical accompaniment was by Corby Purple Star Flute Band
The Parade to assembled at Clifton Downs prior to moving off folowing this route, Blackboy Hill, Whiteladies Road, Park St, College Green, St Augustines parade, Colston Ave, Nelson St, Horsefair, Broadweir, Newgate, Wine St, High St, Baldwin St, Queen Charlotte St, Crow Lane, Welsh Back, Mill Ave, Queens Square
The parade stopped at the Bristol Cenotaph where a wreath was laid
The parade concluded at the statue of William Prince of Orange where a short commemorative service was held.