The usual monthly meeting of this Lodge was held on the above date, Bro Edward Leathem, WM presided and Bro Joseph Davison, DM occupied the vice chair.
The Lodge was opened in proscribed form, and a portion of scripture having been read by Bro Rev Dr Walker, the minutes of the previous meeting were read and passed.
There was no meeting of the Lodge Com’ held owing to the Easter Holidays.
Death of Bro 2nd Lieut James A Donnelly RFC
The WM referred to the sad news which was in possession of most of our members, viz the death from wounds received in France of our dear Bro Lieut Jas A Donnelly, his loss to our Lodge was deeply felt by all his brethren and he begged to express for them his sincere regret and deepest sympathy, further his loss to the community in general, as a Loyal Protestant, and a sound Unionist was a very severe blow when all such staunch champions as him were wanted in the present crises.
The D.M. Bro Davison, Bro J L P McKeown and Bro Dr Walker also paid tribute in sympathetic terms to the loss of Bro Donnelly who was beloved by all who knew him.
A resolution of sympathy and condolence was passed in silence, all present standing.
Bro R Tougher pro and Bro Dick seconded a Deputation consisting of the W.M., the D.M., the Secretary and Bro Hodgen, want upon Mrs Donnelly and convey the resolution of sympathy from the Lodge Passed.
Bro Davison D.M. pro that the Lodge adjourn this meeting as a further token of our respect for the late Bro J A Donnelly, this being sec by Bro Kempston was passed unanimously.
Bro R Tougher suggested that the secretary consult with Bro Rev R Dixon Patterson, Rector of St Barnabas Church in order that a memorial service be held on Sunday 7th inst in memory of Bro Donnelly, which was agreed to.
Royal York L.O.L. 145 is holding a centennial service of
remembrance today to a late Member, Second Lieutenant
James Alexander Donnelly, and our other fallen brethren of World War 1.
Bro Donnelly is considered to be the last man to die a
member of the Royal Flying Corps on the 31 March 1918, as on 1 April it became
the Royal Air Force.
A new Roll of Honour to all the Brethren who served and fell
from LOL 145 will be dedicated at the service.
Wor. Bro. Colin Cavan, Worshipful Master of Royal York LOL
“It is a privilege to honour
these men and remember their sacrifice to King and Country. We are also
particularly pleased to be joined at the service by much of the extended Donnelly
family to remember their particular sacrifice, in the loss of a Father, Brother
and staunch & true Ulsterman, James Donnelly.”
Wor. Bro. Lord Rogan of Lower Iveagh, Past Master of LOL 145
“James Alexander Donnelly and his
siblings John, Frank and Jane are that incredible story that comes to its own
in Ulster. From what we would call today a ‘mixed’ family (their father being
born a Roman Catholic), they went on to be pillars of the community in Orange,
Business, Church and the Army circles. In James’ case, to excel in the new
sciences of Telegraphy and Aviation. The fact we are remembering him today, is
a testament to the great loss his passing was, not only to the Orange
Institution, but to the Nation at large.”
The service will be held in Ballintoy Parish Church.
Ballintoy was the church of the Donnelly family, and as Bro Donnelly was the
most senior Lodge officer (as Lay Chaplain) to perish in the Great War, it was
decided that the memorial service should be held there. His name, and those of
his Brothers, the Rev John and Major Frank Donnelly, are
inscribed on the Church War Memorial tablet.
The service will begin at 2PM and will be conducted by the local
minister, the Rev. Patrick Barton BA BTh, with the sermon and dedication
carried out by the Lodge Chaplain, Bro. the Rev. Iain Jamieson.