On Wednesday, 21st June 2006, the brethren of Norman Lodge and
their guests including the Provincial Grand Master, Rt. W. Bro.
Derek Richmond, the Deputy Provincial Grand Master,
W. Bro. Eric Heaviside, and Assistant Provincial Grand Masters,
W. Bros. George Clark and Denis Lascelles gathered to hear an unofficial
Prestonian Lecture entitled:
"The Victoria Cross - Freemasons' Band of Brothers" given
by W. Bro. G.S. Angell M.Ed., B.Sc., B.A., R.V. (retired), PPr SGW
A number of non-Masonic guests were also present including Lt. Commander
John Bridge G.C., G.M. and Bar, King's Commendation for Bravery,
representing the Victoria and George Cross Association.
The Lodge was opened in due form and, after the official business,
closed. The non-Masons were then admitted and Lt. Commander Bridge
was welcomed by the Worshipful Master, W. Bro. Arthur Lockyear.
W. Bro. Angell gave an excellent lecture delivered without notes
and with obvious knowledge of, and fervour for, his subject. He
led us through the establishment of the Victoria Cross, dispelling
myths and illuminating little known facts on the way.
His researches had uncovered previously unknown Masonic V.C's and
they now totalled 142:
more than ten per cent of the total number of recipients.
He outlined the role of Masons influential in setting up the Order
and described the life of Rear Admiral Sir William Hewett, V.C.,
K.C.B., who was awarded his medal for action in the Crimean War.
He was in fact the first Masonic V.C. and the fifth person to receive
his medal from Queen Victoria at the inaugural investiture.
At the conclusion of his lecture W. Bro. Angell was greeted with
generous applause and thanked by the Worshipful Master.
The assembly then retired to the festive board and, after dining,
the usual Masonic toasts were given. The Corps of Bugles of the
Army Cadet Force led by Bugle Major Derek Corbett entertained with
a number of traditional bugle calls. The Worshipful Master presented
Major Corbett with a cheque for the Corps' funds. A special toast
to the Victoria and George Cross Association was given by the Master,
to which Lt. Commander Bridge responded. A donation was made to
W. Bro. Angell: to help with his work in restoring the graves of
Victoria Cross holders.
This concluded a memorable evening that was enjoyed by masons and
Click Here for some photographs
of the occasion.