This pocket watch was recently given to the museum. It is still in working order and is inscribed on the back “Presented to Br, Hugh Tanner, Secy., by the members of LOL 693. 16th April 1909”.
Hugh Tanner was from Donaghadee and was born in 1875. He was 34 when the watch was presented to him by Protestant Boys LOL No. 693 (Belfast District 1). He fought with the 109th Brigade, 36th Ulster Division at the Battle of the Somme and carried the watch with him.
During the 1920s he was manager of Distillery FC and manager/trainer of the Northern Ireland Squad. He was also a Managing Director of Cairnes Ltd. brewery, which had warehouses at Oxford Street in Belfast.
This pocket watch will also feature in the new educational workbook developed by the Grand Orange Lodge of Ireland and the Museum of Orange Heritage. It will be the second in a series of workbooks developed which will focus on the First World War. It will follow on from the successful ‘Soldiers, Spies and Supplies’ book.