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Memorial for Orangemen who lost lives in Great War

By Staff Reporter

A roll of honour commemorating the service and sacrifice of Dublin Orangemen during the First World War is to go on public display.

The memorial, which pays tribute to the bravery of more than 300 brethren who fought a century ago, has been presented to the Museum of Orange Heritage in Belfast.

It was donated by members of Dublin and Wicklow LOL 1313 in honour of their predecessors who served on the front line.

Among the names recorded are those of 32 local Orangemen who died in the war. One member was Lance Corporal S Dubery, a member of the Second Battalion, Duke of Wellington's Regiment. He was killed eight days after being dispatched, losing his life in August 1914 during the Battle of Mons.

Another soldier listed is the Honourable Henry Maxwell DSO, who commanded the Second Battalion of the Black Watch.

The then-Grand Master of City of Dublin Grand Orange Lodge was also the commander-in-chief of the Loyal Dublin Volunteers, which was formed to fight against Home Rule.

Maxwell was a member of Cumberland LOL 440 alongside Major Augustus Blair Mayne. While leading a large number of men from Le Havre to the front, the train in which the latter was travelling was bombed. He died as a result of the injuries in December 1917.

Dr Chris McGimpsey, worshipful master of Dublin and Wicklow LOL 1313, said members were delighted to pay homage to their fallen brethren.

He added: "The roll had previously hung in a corner of the Dublin lodge room for decades.

"We believed it should be made more accessible to a wider audience, and so it was decided to have it restored and a replica made.

"The Orange museum is the most suitable environment for a historical military artefact of such significance.

"Thanks to the lodge's efforts, the service and sacrifice of the Dublin Orangemen will now never be forgotten."

Museum curator Dr Jonathan Mattison said: "The First World War was a dramatic period in our history, and it is estimated that 200,000 Orangemen from across the world fought for the Allied cause.

"This roll of honour provides a snapshot of the Orangemen from the Dublin area who served their king and country during that great calamity."

Dr McGimpsey has started a history of the Institution in Dublin, and anyone with information can contact him via drcdmcgimpsey@live.co.uk

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