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Orangemen mark Great War's end with 130km charity trek

By Staff Reporter

Orangemen from Banbridge will tread in the footsteps of heroes next year, marking the centenary of the end of the First World War with an intrepid fundraising challenge.

Sixteen members of the No Surrender LOL 20 are planning a symbolic 130km trek along the Western Front, from the Thiepval Memorial in France to the Menin Gate in Belgium next May. Proceeds will go towards the children's cancer unit at the Royal Victoria Hospital and Cure4cam, aiding the family of Cameron Truesdale (12) in their bid to raise money for him to travel to Mexico to receive specialist treatment for a brain tumour.

They will pay their respects at the gravesides of two Catholic soldiers along their journey: Major Willie Redmond and Rifleman Anthony O'Neill, the youngest member of the 36th Ulster Division to be killed at just 15.

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