Extract from the History of Amity Lodge No.283 1791 to 1920 compiled by Bro R.V.S.Houghton, PM, PPGSD East Lancs.
17 October 1918:
"The WM moved and the Rev. Bro. Capt. T. Miller Johnson, Chaplain, seconded, that we place a record on the Minutes of our appreciation of Bro. Gabriel Bullock, who gave his life in action in the Great War, at Rowel (possibly Roisel), in France, on September 15th 1918, and who was buried at Vincent Military Cemetery, near Peronne, France. Also that a Photo of the deceased be procured, framed and hung on the wall of the Lodge."
From the Lodge archives
We do not know when Bro Bullock was "called up" or even if he volunteered to serve, but from the speed of getting him through to the Degree of a Master Mason, it would suggests that it was probably imminent.
Initiated: 6 August 1914 - Aged 26 years
Passed to the Second-Degree: 3 September 1914
Raised to the Third-Degree: 1 October 1914
Killed in action: 15 September 1918 - Aged 30 years
The confusion over his resting place could be that during the chaos of War those fallen soldiers very often remained on the Battlefield and were buried where they fell, or sometimes buried in a burial plot nearby. They would have been transferred and re-interred later in an Official Military Cemetery. However, what ever the confusion, the Commonwealth War Grave Commission do have his final resting place listed. RIP
Extract from the UGLE Masonic Roll of Honour 1914-1918 Images courtesy of WBro Dennis Heskett