The first civic Silence for Remembrance was in Belfast. In 1916 a decision was made by the Grand Orange Lodge of Ireland to cancel the annual 12th July celebrations. Sir Crawford McCullagh, Lord Mayor 1914 – 17 requested that all businesses be suspended for the duration of 5 minutes from noon till 12.05pm. He was the first recorded person to publicly call for a period of silence for fallen soldiers. International sportsmen of WW1 are recalled today and Sydney Ireland who was the first of eighteen pilots from Northern Ireland who died during the Battle of Britain.