ISSUE 12, January 2005

Editorial
Kitchener of Khartoum: Mason extraordinary
Travel: Where east meets west
Veteran Honoured: Old soldier remembered
Royal Masonic Family: The Six Masonic Sons of George III, Part 1
Supreme Grand Chapter: Speech of the Pro First Grand Principal and, Report of the Committee of General Purposes
  Quarterly Communication: Address of the Pro Grand Master and, Report of the Board of General Purposes
Metropolitan Grand Lodge of London: London's first consecration
Soccer: Man in the Middle
Wales: Joseph Parry - flawed genius?
Library & Museum: Donations gather pace
Education: Dates for your diary and, Planning a 'white table' and, Looking to the future and, Time marches on
Grand Charity: General meeting and non-Masonic grant list
Masonic Charities: Reports from the four main charities
Letters, Book reviews, Gardening

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Above
RW Bro Colin Penty Wright, Pro Grand Master of West Lancashire, lays a wreath
Bottom left
RW Bro Colin Penty Wright; Duke of Lancaster's Own Yeomanry Sqn RMLY; W Bro Rev Canon Harry Callaghan, APGM for Eccles & District Group of Lodges
Bottom right
George Allen, now over 90 and 50 years a Mason, pays his respects, helped by John Tooley, both of Walkden Lodge No. 4685
   

Old soldier remembered

Troop Sergeant Major Richard Williams of the 17th Lancers, a Freemason who was in the Charge of the Light Brigade at Balaclava in the Crimea on 25 October 1854, was honoured by Masons, non-Masons and civil and military dignitaries in October.
     The ceremony took place at his grave at St Mark's Church, Worsley in Lancashire, to mark the 150th anniversary of the famous Charge against the Russian guns.
     The church bell was tolled 110 times to mark the number of chargers killed, and a trumpeter sounded the Last Post and Reveille. Councillor James Hunt, deputy mayor of Salford and John Abbott, Deputy Lieutenant of Greater Manchester, were among those at the ceremony.
     From the military Lt.-Col. Martin Steiger, Honorary Colonel of the Duke of Lancaster's Own Yeomanry and other representatives of the regiment, and Brigadier W G Hurrell, Colonel of the Queen's Royal Lancers and others from that regiment, also took part.
     Colin Penty Wright, Provincial Grand Master of West Lancashire and the Rev. Canon Harry Callaghan, an Assistant Provincial Grand Master, were among many Masons present, along with James Glithero, great-grandson of Richard Williams.
     Born at Bath in 1819, Richard Williams moved to Worsley in 1867 after leaving the army, and was the local postmaster for 30 years and a sidesman at St Mark's Church for 35 years.
     Richard Williams was initiated into United Lodge No. 697 at Colchester in 1857, joined Bridgewater Lodge No. 1213 in 1870 and was a founder of Worsley Lodge No. 1814 and Lathom Lodge No. 2229, all in West Lancashire. He died on 7 July 1910 and the cortege was escorted by mounted policemen.

The full story of Troop Sergeant-Major Williams was published in MQ Issue No. 8, January 2004.


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