ISSUE 12, January 2005

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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Organ music
I trained as a professional musician at the Royal School of Church Music and the Royal Academy of Music. I regularly play in Lodges and give public recitals at home and abroad and am currently recording the complete works of Bach on CD.
     I am a strong advocate of keeping the standard of music in Freemasonry high and would encourage Lodges unable to find an organist to invest in a good recorded music system.
     I have embarked on a project to record music for all Masonic occasions on CD. However, I have a word of warning beware of MIDI and `virtual organist' systems, which can often result in a robotic organ sound with no natural reverberation.
Rev. I S Fowler, Bristol

Tenerife team
I would like to make a correction to the letter from Tom Ryan (MQ, Issue No. 11) about Tenerife Chapter No. 24. The third person in the photograph is Tommy Mesham, not Jeff Ashton. Jeff is Scribe E of the Chapter.
     Pictured (left to right) are Colin Skelton (2nd Principal), Tom Ryan, Tommy Mesham (Acting 1st Principal) and Norman Goodall (3rd Principal).
     Tom is the Founding MEZ, Colin the Founding Joshua and Norman the Founding Scribe E of the Chapter.
Alan Winter , London
Admiral Robinson VC
Having read the letter (MQ, Issue No. 9) of Lt. Cdr. R A Richardson RN, secretary of Navy Lodge No. 2612, and that of Carl Clayton (Issue No. 11) regarding Admiral Robinson VC, I visited his grave.
     The gravestone in St John's Church, Langrish, Hampshire is a little weather-worn now, but the wording is still readable. I found it a moving experience on a cold and frosty morning in that little churchyard.
G Pickett, Fareham, Hampshire
Book on Mason VCs
In the letter `Boer War VCs', Alan Simpson said that he had been unable to ascertain if the younger Roberts had been a Mason. A book on Masonic winners of the VC and GC was published in 2001, written by Phillip May GC.
     On page 114 it states that Frederick Hugh Sherston Roberts VC had been a member of the Aldershot Army and Navy Lodge No. 1971.
Michael Harrington, Eastwood, Essex

Boer War Masonic VCs
When this matter first came up in MQ, I was a little disappointed by the absence of any reference to my mother Lodge, the Lodge of Edinburgh (Mary's Chapel) No. 1.
     The omission was partly made up by the letter from Alan Simpson (MQ, Issue No. 11), but there is more. The Lodge minutes covering 1900-1903 contain the following significant items:

27 December 1900: Capt. Towse VC, Gordon Highlanders, obligated as an Honorary Member. His mother Lodge was St Paul, Malta.

14 January 1902: Capt. M. F. M. Meiklejohn VC, also Gordon Highlanders, initiated.

27 December 1902: At the annual dinner following the Installation meeting, three VCs were present: Bros. Towse, Meiklejohn and Col. Caddell, Master of another Scottish Lodge. There should have been a fourth see below.

30 December 1902: Capt. Meiklejohn Passed to a Fellow Craft. A hearty welcome was extended to Bro. Sgt. Donald Farmer VC, Cameron Highlanders, who had been unable to be present on 27 December. He presumably attended as a visitor since there is no evidence of his being a Lodge member.

9 August 1903: Bro. Field Marshal Earl Roberts VC, PSGW (England), took his obligation as an Honorary Member.
R A Savours, Swansea

William Stone memories
Brother William Stone, featured in MQ (Issue No. 11), joined my Mother Lodge Courtland 6706 on 8 March 1962 and was an active member for years until he moved away from the area to live near his daughter.
     I believe his first school was in East Allington, Devon, because last summer we had a coffee morning for him and his daughter, when he came back here to give a talk to the children of his old school about life in the village when he was a boy.
     He was fiercely proud of being in the Royal Navy and served on HMS Hood, thankfully not on her last voyage, when she was sunk by the Bismarck.

VC Heroes
I was interested in the Book Review interview with Max Arthur. In his book Symbol of Courage about those awarded the VC, he mentions an airman, Norman Jackson, who climbed out of an aircraft at 22,000 feet on to the wing to attempt to extinguish a fire in an engine.
     During the Second World War I knew a man in Leicester called Richard Hannah, who climbed on to a bomber wing over Germany to try and put out a fire in an engine, and he was awarded the VC.
Kenneth Dowell, Pickering, North Yorkshire

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