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Orange servicemen in focus

Updated: May 7, 2020

Thousands of Orangemen served their country during the Second World War.

Below we have highlighted a few, but there are many more stories to be found within the Service and Sacrifice Exhibition.

Henry Kane​

Served with: ​The Royal Navy​

Date of Death: Killed in Action, 21 June 1940​


Lodge: LOL No. 99; transferred to Edenderry LOL No. 322 in 1928.

Thomas Anderson​

Served with: 8th (Belfast) Heavy Anti-Aircraft Regiment​

Theatre: British Isles, Europe and

the Far East​

Lodge: LOL No. 1947.

James Molyneaux​ - Lord Killead​

Served with: Royal Air Force​

Witnessed the liberation of Bergen-Belsen Concentration Camp, 15 April 1945.​

Sovereign Grand Master of the Royal Black Institution.

George Robb MBE​

Served with: Royal Naval Reserves​

Awards: George Medal; Atlantic Star and Bar;American Bronze Star; Polish Cross of Valour; Order of the Red Star (Russia); Cross of Lorraine; 1939-45 Star; African Star; Pacific Star; Italian Star; Defence Medal; Service Medal. ​

Twice Mentioned in Despatches. ​

Lodge: LOL No. 580 in Belfast No. 6 District; LOL No. 96 Beith, Scotland,​

Honorary Deputy Grand Master of the Grand Orange Lodge of Scotland.

Thomas Jess

Served with​: The Royal Navy​

Theatre of War: the Arctic Convoys​

Awards: Arctic Star and Russian Ushakov Medal​

Lodge: Ballykeel LOL No. 851.

Teddy Dixon​

Served with:​ 42nd Rainbow Division, 7th US Army.​

The Monuments Men

Witnessed the liberation of Dachau Concentration Camp, 29 April 1945​

Lodge: Ulster Convention, LOL No. 242. 

Andy Charles

Served with: 2nd Btn Royal Ulster Rifles.

Was part of the sea landing at Sword Beach on D-Day. Later awarded the Military Medal for his actions near Troarn on July 19, 1944.

His brother, Allen Charles, landed with the 1st (Airborne) Btn RUR on June 6 but was killed two days later at Longevual.

Lodge: Cranny Heroes LOL 1015.

Members of Richmond LOL No. 846​ with Londonderry AA Regiment.

Army Cadet Band, 12 July 1945

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