Bro Gabriel Bullock was initiated into the Lodge of Amity No.283 on the 6 August 1914 when he was 26 years old.
He was the youngest son born on the 4 October 1888 to parents Luke James Bullock and Elizabeth Alice Rawstron. Gabriel was baptised at St Johns Stonefold on the 9th February 1890 and at that time the family were living at 'Top O The Bank Cottage' in Acre.
Gabriel had two older siblings, Robert Henry born 1882 and Jane Alice born 1883. He also had a step brother John William Rawstron born in 1880.
Gabriel's father was listed as a cotton weaver in the 1891 census and by 1901 had changed profession and was the landlord of the Roebuck Inn on Charles Lane in Haslingden.
At sometime between 1901 and 1908 the family moved to the Swan Inn in Haslingden where Luke James Bullock died on the 6th January 1908 and was buried at St James. Gabriel was for many years a hairdresser at Blackburn Road, but, after his father's death, Gabriel returned to the Swan Hotel to assist his mother.
Bro Gabriel Bullock was sadly killed in action at the age of 30 on 15 September 1918 , just 57 days before the end of World War 1 (11 November 1918).
[Source: 'Haslingden Old and New Blog']
Extraordinarily little was known about Bro Gabriel Bullock other than the entry in the Lodge records relating to the Book of Declarations and an entry in the Minute Book relation to him being killed in action in WW1 in France.
WBro Rayton and WBro Godwin therefore embarked on a voyage of discovery about this unfortunate young man and a Brother Freemason.
They have gleaned the following information from various sources and now present this to commemorate the untimely death of a Brother.
Gunner Gabriel Bullock 85432 was assigned to the Royal Garrison Artillery 255th Siege Battery. The Battery unit records show them arriving in France on 18th January 1917. This unit was originally a Regular/New Army Battery and had served in this Theatre of War prior to this date.
Siege Batteries were equipped with heavy howitzers, sending large calibre high explosive shells in high trajectory, plunging fire. The usual armaments were 6-inch, 8-inch and 9.2-inch howitzers, although some had huge railway- or road-mounted 12-inch howitzers.
As British artillery tactics developed, the Siege Batteries were most often employed in destroying or neutralising the enemy artillery, as well as putting destructive fire down on strongpoints, dumps, stores, roads, and railways behind enemy lines. Of course, the Germans employed the same tactics and Gabriel Bullock's Battery was a similarly high value target.
Motto: Ubique (Everywhere) - Quo Fas Et Gloria Ducunt (Wherever right and glory leads)
We know that the 255th Siege Battery RGA was first deployed in France on the 18th January 1917. However, it seems that the war diaries of this Battery no longer exist, possibly destroyed in the incendiary bombing of London (the Records Office) during WWII, but you can read more about the Siege Batteries of the Royal Garrison Artillery and their role.
Created in June 1917, when Tincourt set up a medical post, they welcomed after the armistice the graves of the soldiers buried on the battlefield or in small cemeteries.
Today, 2,139 soldiers are buried there, including 1649 British, 229 Australians, 152 Germans, 58 Chinese, South Africans and Indians.
Bro Gabriel Bullock's grave and Headstone can be found in
Plot V (5) - Row E - Grave Number 21 as indicated by the red dot on a green background on the above plan of Tincourt New British Cemetery, France.
The lodge has decreed that it will display an image of Bro Gabriel Bullock during the September Lodge Meeting each year to commemorate the anniversary of his death.
The Lodge will also purchase and lay a wreath from the Lodge at the Haslingden War Memorial on Armistice Day in November each year.
The Lodge of Amity and Rossendale Forest No.283 is indebted to
WBro Stuart Rayton and WBro Ray Godwin for their investigations.
WBro Dennis Heskett and WBro Ian Haworth for their contribution
and to the following organisations:
| The Imperial War Museum | Haslingden War Heroes | Masonic Great War Project |
| Commonwealth War Graves Commission | The War Graves Photographic Project |
for the information provided for this page..