New research has revealed that Wallace Floody, on whom Charles Bronson's character in the classic movie, "The Great Escape" was based, was a leading member of the Orange Order. Ivan Little reports on the story of the Second World War hero, who went on to work as an adviser on the set of the famous film.
Orange Order historians in Northern Ireland who regularly bang the drum about the achievements of their famous old boys across the world have just discovered a previously unknown link between their organisation and the famous Great Escape by Allied prisoners during the Second World War.
A call from Canada last year alerted local Orangemen to the possibility that Floody might have been a member of the Order on the other side of the Atlantic.
And it was later confirmed that he was indeed an Orangeman.
Floody was born and bred in Ontario, though it's thought his ancestors may have come from Ireland, bringing their fervour for the Orange Order with them as they settled in a small hamlet they called Enniskillen.