The 36th Ulster Division

Discussion in 'Military History and Militaria' started by ashley36div, Jun 12, 2009.

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  1. Greetings,

    As I come from an Army Family I was advised by those in the know to use this site for some information. I am preparing for a Somme visit on the 1st of July, as part of a wider project I am looking at the historical connections between the Brigades and Battalions of the Division and the Orange Order. Did each Divisional unit have its own Orange Lodge? Did they "Go over the Top wearing Sashes"?

  2. Before you go, have you had a look at the Somme Heritage Centre near Belfast?

    Their website's a bit rubbish but it's definitely worth a visit, and if anyone could answer your questions they could.

    They even have a sort of action demo of the battle in a mock up of the trenches, with video and sound affects and smoke, if that pushes your buttons. Didn't spot any mannequins in a sash, but on the tour they do discuss the historical context of the battle and the soldiers that formed the Division.

    It's very good, and it's free.
  3. Many Thanks. Yes the Somme Centre is v good. Currently reading Phillip Orr's, Road To The Somme. Trying to get hold of Dr Edwards, The Lost Tribe, not having any luck, seems out of print. Heard the Royal York LOL ?has some form of Military research remit. Will try and contact also.

  4. The mueum in Albert (adjacent to Basilique) certainly has it that some went OTT be-sashed.

    One of their tableau depicts same, but don't recall them claiming the sash used as being BotS vintage. You might also enquire of Ulster Tower.
  5. Read "Behold the sons of Ulster marching to the Somme" by Frank McGuinness too. Apart from its sub-text surrounding man-love - can anyone please write a play about soldiers without homoeroticism being essential to the plot? - it is pretty good. I saw it at the Abbey Theatre way back and then again at the Barbican.
  6. One place to find out is at the Ulster Tower. The curator, Teddy is a nice chap and likely to answer enquiries. The Ulster Twer is owned by the Friends of The Somme, who I think also run the heritage site mentioned elswahre. The loink to the organe order is evident from the banners and plaqwues in the tower.

    More specifically the question baout the original 36th Division might be about the links between Orange Lodges, specific parts of Carson's UVF and the 36th Division.
  7. Havent got a clue, but wouldnt that be akin to having the irish guards "making like a swastika" across no mans land in celtic tops?

    Not biting or being nasty, but if people wish to have an everlasting peace in the world IMHO stuff like this should be dropped, but if its for personal research into where a family member fits in during the great war then feel free to ask but dont have a devisive "forum name" your stirring a hornets nest that you have no means of controlling.
  8. If you can show me a picture of men going over the top with their lodge sashes on, i'll be amazed, but sadly not too surprised. All the Irish regiments gave great service during the war to the crown, irrespective of their religious beliefs. Men of both faiths died beside each other and lived with each other throughout the war. It is for shame that this camararderie was not continued after the war...The 36th Division were one of the most respected divisions throughout the army and achieved many great things during their campaigns. None of which were reliant on an Orange sash, but on men from all sides of the community and all corners of Erin.

    May i suggest the Long Long Trail. A superb tool for researching all the troops who served for king and country 1914-18. Everything is easily accessed, cross referenced and explained, should you wish to research specifics, and all the tools are their for you to investigate further any general topics of interest.

    Good luck with your search.

  9. So old son, by your reckoning we should let the Box heeds off any further scrutiny and the Stalin boys and the Nips and the slavers and the IRA and the... (FFS we have to dredge this crap up to avoid doing it again (especially if in the case of the 'Unionists' the sash crap happened)).

  10. I can only express an opinion Suddick, I dont expect everyone to subscribe to it, but if you wish to sup from the well of TF.....I`ve lost many many friends to the hatred and vile deeds commited in the name of ireland, but I will never hate the Irish, in the same way as I will stand shoulder to shoulder with anyone from these small islands of ours.

    My era is from 80-present day, man and boy, and if I were a spam I`d have a purple heart and more reason to hate than most, I just chose not to.

    Hate and aggression gets you nowhere, (except maybe an early grave or at best prison).
  11. I've certainly seen photos of Lodges meeting at the Somme, with sashes, proper sashes rather than the now familiar collarette in evidence.

    Don't know about going "over the top" though - Although it's certainly part of local folklore and may well have it's roots in fact.

    Googled a bit to see if I could turn up any actual evidence or references, but the results were too bloody depressing to wade through. Sorry but there's only so many semi literate Bebo pages I can handle.

    Good luck in your research.
  12. (Re bold) - 'Nuff said... :roll:


    Quis Separabit

    Vestigia Nulla Retrorsum
  13. Seconded. Saw it in Plymouth Theatre Royal about 10 years ago. Excellent production and plot. They ran an acting program using this in a youth prison in NI a year ago which obviously struck a chord with the inmates. The message at the end was "we fight for ourselves, nobody else". Hasn't changed much to today.
  14. and if you want, go to St Patricks Cathedral, inside Westmisnster Cathedral. All Irish badges are there, and books with the name of every single man who fell in an Irish reg, 14-19 (dont know why)

    The trouble is, the books are wrapped in a tricolour. I was there to light a candle, today, and it still pisses me off