Somme Stories - County Cavan
David Hutchinson, MSM
David Hutchinson was the son of Francis and Mary Ann Hutchinson of Doocarrick, Cootehill, Co. Cavan, and was a member of an Orange Lodge there.
He immigrated to Canada, and enlisted in November 1915 in Victoria, British Columbia. He served in the 67th Battalion of the Canadian Infantry where he saw action at the Battle of Flers-Courcelette in September 1916.
He then joined the 2nd Tramways Company of the Canadian Railway Troops, whose job it was to construct, maintain and operate the trench tramways system. It was whilst carrying out maintenance on the Cambrai Road the company were heavily shelled, and Staff Sergeant Hutchinson was killed on 9 September 1918.
He was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal in June 1918.
Private George Bodle
George Bodle was the son of John William and Elizabeth Bodle, of Cullies, Shercock, Carrickmacross and a member of Billyhill LOL No. 1128.
He enlisted at Finner Camp in Donegal and served with the 11th Battalion, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers.
He was Killed In Action on the opening day of the Somme aged 26.
Lieut. Colonel Arthur Kenlis Maxwell, Lord Farnham
Arthur Kenlis Maxwell, Lord Farnham, was aide-de-camp to Major General Sir Oliver Nugent, Commander of the 36th (Ulster) Division.
He was educated at Harrow, and the Royal Military Academy at Sandhurst and served for a period as Lieutenant of the 10th Hussars. During World War I, he was Lieutenant Colonel of the North Irish Horse.
He was a Representative Peer for Ireland, and a prominent member of the Unionist Council.
Lord Farnham was a member of LOL No. 444. His appointment was reported in The Orange Standard, November 1915.