Brothers in Arms and Brothers in the LodgePosted: December 2, 2014
I wrote this book to mark two major events. The first was the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War, and the second was the 50th anniversary of the Initiation into Freemasonry of the most senior Brother in my Mother Lodge. He has never missed a meeting of the Lodge in all his years as a member, a record that is – to my knowledge – unique.
The book was written with the help of the members of the Lodge of Instruction, my wife – Sue – who is a very gifted amateur genealogist, and the staff of the Library of Freemasonry at Freemasons’ Hall, London. It is split into two parts. The first part covers the history of the Lodge from 1914 until 1919, and the second part deals with the individual histories of the ten members of the Lodge who served in the armed forces during the First World War. They were:
- Edwin Arthur Norman
- Henry King Nicholls
- George Woodfall Bourne
- William John Graham
- Frederick Charles Rosendale
- Hugh Bourne
- Hugh Probyn Malet Lord
- Henry Charles Bradshaw Good
- Sidney Herbert Crapp
- Charles Ernest Stacey
Two of them – Henry King Nicholls and Sidney Herbert Crapp – paid the ultimate price for serving their King and Country.
The book also contains three appendices that explain some of the Masonic terminology used in the book as well as the Medals, Stars, and Commendations mentioned in the text.
The book costs £5.00 and is currently available for sale from Lulu, and will be available from Amazon in the very near future. The profits from all sales of the book will be donated to the Royal Masonic Trust for Girls and Boys, a charity funded by Freemasons ‘to relieve poverty and advance education for children and young people‘.