The Museum of Orange Heritage hosts 'Service and Sacrifice', an exhibition paying tribute to Orangemen and women who served during WWI.
'Service and Sacrifice' marks the centenary of Armistice this year and chronicles the remarkable personal stories of individuals associated with the Loyal Institutions who enlisted for King and country.
A number of significant items relating specifically to Orangemen who served with the 36th Ulster Division and other regiments from the period feature in the exhibition, as well as a number of battlefield incidentals and other artefacts.
Among the exhibits is a replica of a Royal Naval Armoured Car – 'The Ulster' – which was deployed on the Western Front in 1915. This was a new unit established at the beginning of the war and included many Orangemen.
It is estimated 200,000 Orangemen and women from across the world served during the First World War, with thousands seeing action at the Somme and other seminal battles. At least five Orangemen were awarded the Victoria Cross for gallantry, including Robert Hill Hanna from Kilkeel. Many others like Benvarden Orangeman, John Meeke, were also hailed for their outstanding bravery on the front line.
Many Orangewomen enlisted with medical and nursing units, including Jean Victor Bates, who served with the Ambulance Corps, and was recognised for her service by both the Belgian and Serbian governments.
The exhibition charts the course of the war through the eyes and personal stories of over 100 Orangemen and women, and is free for all to visit from Tuesdays to Saturdays, 10am - 5pm.