Alexander Marsh Memorial Yorkshire District LOL 35

Yorkshire District Loyal Orange Lodge No. 35 consists of five Lodges based in Doncaster, Leeds, Malton and Sheffield. Sheffield Ladies Lodge also meets regularly throughout Yorkshire.

The District Lodge itself is named after Brother Alexander Marsh, born in 1904. He joined the Institution as a Junior in the City of Liverpool Junior LOL 663.

He was a guest speaker at various parades in the 1920's and in the 1930's was a B Special in action in Belfast's Short Strand during an insurrection.

During World War Two he was a tail gunner of a Lancaster bomber which was shot down over Italy, resulting in him becoming a Prisoner of War.

After the War he was elected Deputy Grand Secretary of the Grand Orange Lodge of England and travelled the country trying to revive the Order which had largely disappeared outside the Merseyside area.

He took out twelve warrants for new Lodges, including Leeds, Bradford and Sheffield and also heped rebuild the Order in the Birmingham area.

In recognition of his services he was awarded an Honorary Deputy Grand Master office and attended Grand Lodge meetings up to his death. During his lifetime he also attended three meetings of the Imperial Grand Council as part of the English delegation.

He first settled in Leeds after the War, later moving to the small town of Milnsbridge, near Huddersfield, where he lived with his wife Jean, also a member of the Order.

Alex first appears in the records of LOL 844, Sheffield, as Chaplain in 1949 when the Lodge was part of Stalybridge District in the Manchester Province, he later became Secretary for a number of years. From 1959 to 1966 he formed Yorkshire Province, Group No. 9 and was Provincial Grand Master during its years of existence. The Province closed when Brethren from Scunthorpe lodges moved to the Corby area.

In 1982 along with other members from LOL 844 he formed Bishop Farrar Memorial LOL 260, meeting only a short distance from his home, in the church that he attended at Milnsbridge.

Alex was a type of Orangeman with commitment to the cause and at one time slept on a park bench while attending Grand Lodge because he couldn't afford the cost of a hotel room.

He died in 1986, the funeral being attended by many members of the Order.

Sunderland 2013

Members of LOL844 with the Yorkshire District Bannerette Sunderland 2013