In the 84 years of our activity we have
acquired remarkably little history, but at
our latest Convocation in May 2004, we
achieved an unusual record: the celebration
of 50 years’ continuous membership of Sir
Lawrence Verney since his Exaltation in
Goss Masonic china|
With my surname, it may be unsurprising
to find that I have a collection of Goss china
(Letters, MQ Issue No. 10). Apart from
a large collection of Goss-crested china
with Channel Islands crests, I also have
a collection of the Goss ladies and Goss
cottages. I also have a Masonic item.
It is a model of a Devon oak pitcher
with the UGLE crest on it.
Colin R Goss, St Brelade, Jersey
Richard Eve Chapter
The article on Richard Eve (MQ Issue
No. 9) was read with great interest by the
Companions of our Chapter, if with slight
disappointment at the lack of any mention
However, this is understandable since
we were not founded until 1918, after
Richard Eve’s death, and so, unlike our
sister Lodge, we have no direct connection
with him. Our recently retired Janitor,
George Vincent, has studied his life and
spoken to us about it, so the article didn’t
Comp Verney served for many years as
an officer of the Chapter, and has gone on
to high office in Freemasonry as well as in
the legal profession. He was presented with
his 50-year certificate by the Metropolitan
Deputy Grand Superintendent, E Comp
Russell Race, who commented that
it was a much rarer event for a Royal
Arch Companion to achieve 50 years’
membership than for Craft Brethren.
The Chapter also has a tradition of family
connections. We are particularly proud that
one family has had an almost continuous
presence in the Chapter. E Comp Charles
Elgood was present as a guest at the
Consecration. For some reason he did
not join until our sixth year, but then
was followed by his son Vivian. Between
them, they served as Scribe N for 35
Vivian’s son John was exalted in due
course, and currently John’s son Guy is a
very active member, as well as holding high
office in Supreme Grand Chapter and the
Metropolitan Grand Chapter.
We hope, naturally, that he will still be
with us in 14 years’ time to celebrate our
centenary, and by then he may have been
joined by his son, who is already a Craft
Mason. That would be the fifth generation.
Alan Hakim, Scribe E, Richard Eve Chapter No 2772.
Motto of the Gunners
I refer to the letter “Gunners everywhere”
in MQ Issue No. 10. The motto of the
Royal Regiment of Artillery is quo Fas et
Gloria Ducunt. “Ubique” is not the motto
but the battle honour, the premise being
that the regiment has fought in every battle –
too many to list. It has been “everywhere”.
I therefore fear that Cyril Zipson’s drill
sergeant was wrong, although I am sure
no-one would have been foolish enough
to suggest this to him.
M J Blythe, Finchhampstead, Berkshire
Admiral Robinson VC
A friend recently showed me the April 2004
issue of MQ magazine containing a letter
from R A Richardson about three Masonic
Victoria Cross winners – F W Lumsden,
E G Robinson and C C Dobson.
Eric Gascoigne Robinson was my wife’s
grandfather. Mr Richardson mentions the
coincidence of Lumsden and Robinson
being initiated together.
It is also of interest to note that C C
Dobson was awarded the VC for leading
a squadron of Coastal Motor Boats (CMBs)
– an early model of the MTB (Motor
Torpedo Boat) – in an attack on the
Bolshevik fleet at Kronstadt during the
Russian civil war.
At the same time, E G Robinson was
also in command of a squadron of CMBs
in action against the Bolshevik fleet – but
in the Caspian Sea. He was awarded the
(White) Russian Order of St Anne and the
Order of the British Empire.
Rear-Admiral Robinson VC is buried
at St John’s Church, Langrish, Hampshire.
Carl Clayton, Sheffield
Tom Ryan (second left) presents
the arch stones to Tenerife Chapter
No. 24 with (l to r) Colin Skelton,
Jeff Ashton and Norman Goodall.
Tenerife Chapter No. 24 on the island of
Tenerife was consecrated in August 2002
and had purchased all the equipment except
the arch stones. This fact was passed on by
Kings Lodge No. 3101, West Lancashire Province.
To my surprise, within two months there
arrived on my doorstep a magnificent set
of arch stones inside a marvellous carrying
case, made by Chapter member Tom
Fairley, who went along to our Chapter
room in Hope Street, Liverpool and took
all the measurements.
Subsequently I was able to present them
personally to Tenerife Chapter on behalf
of both King’s Lodge and Chapter in West
Lancashire, and the ladies of the Chapter
members had their own dinner the same
evening as the meeting.
Should anyone wish to visit a Lodge or
Chapter in Tenerife I will be happy to
provide the necessary information.
Long live Masonry throughout the world!
Tom Ryan, 3 Royal Croft, West Derby, Liverpool L12 2BJ