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The Lodge of Amity and Rossendale Forest No.283

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In Memorium

Roll of Honour 1914 -1918

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Lodge of Amity No.283
  • Occupation: Hairdresser
  • Address: Swan Hotel, Haslingden
  • Age when Initiated: 26
  • Date of Initiation: 6 August 1914
  • Date of Passing: 3 September 1914
  • Date of Raising: 1 October 1914

 

 

British Army (WWI 1914 - 1918)
  • Rank: Gunner
  • Initials: G
  • Surname: Bullock
  • Killed in action: 15 September 1918
  • Age: 30
  • Service Arm: Royal Garrison Artillery
Gabriel Bullock
Bro Gabriel Bullock
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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."

We could not find a place called Rowel and suspect it is Roisel

From the Lodge archives

Copy of entry in the Book of Declarations
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Copy of an entry in the Lodge Minute Book
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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

 

 

You can read more about Bro Gabriel Bullock: Haslingden War Heroes and Imperial War Museum - Memorials

Important information

There are some discrepancies in the recording of Bro Gabriel Bullock's death:

  • Lodge records list him as being 30 years old and buried at Vincent Military Cemetery near Peronne, France.
  • The Local Press list him as 29 years old and buried at Tincourt New British Cemetery, whilst in the same article his Officer indicates that he is buried at Trucourt Military Cemetery.
  • However, the Commonwealth War Graves Commission have Gabriel Bullock listed as aged 30 and buried at Tincourt New British Cemetery, Plot V (5), Row E, Number 21.

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

Further reading at Gabriel Bullock - Roll of Honour

View complete Masonic ROH Lodge by Lodge

 

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