Bro Gabriel Bullock was initiated into the Lodge of Amity No.283 on the 6 August 1914 when he was 25 years old.
He was the youngest son of the late Luke James Bullock who for many years was a hairdresser at Blackburn Road,
but afterwards became the landlord of the Swan Hotel. Bro Bullock was a member of a well-known and much respected Haslingden family.
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).
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, store, 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, 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 of Amity and Rossendale Forest No.283 is indebted to
WBro Ray Godwin and WBro Stuart Rayton for their investigations
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..