36th Ulster Division Memorial Association
Apprentice Boys of Derry
Armagh Unionist Centenary Committee
Confederation of Ulster Bands
Democratic Unionist Party
Grand Orange Lodge of Ireland
Independent Loyal Orange Institution
Progressive Unionist Party
Ulster Volunteer Force Memorial Regimental Band Association.
Ulster Bands Association
Ulster Defence Union 1893
Ulster Unionist Party
West belfast Athletic and Cutural Society
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Another year and another centenary.
The focus for many in the Unionist community is and was the Battle of the Somme. That most horrific of battles. However in 1917 the theatre of war moved from Picardy in Northern France to Flanders in Belgium.
The contrast between the rolling hills of Picardy and the rather flat landscape of Flanders was remarkable. A ridge perhaps 50 meters high became a vantage point in Flanders whereas in the Somme the steep climb from the River Ancre to the Ulster Tower illustrates clearly the difference between the areas where soldiers from across the world fought.
In 1917 the 36th (Ulster) Division fought with distinction in Flanders in what can only be describes as horrific conditions. Battle Honours were awarded and yet more Victoria Crosses won.
The battles in and around Flanders involved many, many soldiers from around the world. However in 1917 the Battle of Passchendaele as the Third Battle Of Ypres is better known as, saw the 16th Irish and 36th Ulster Divisions fighting side by side for the first time. Their casualties were horrific.