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
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 ,
Book on Mason VCs
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
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.
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.
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,
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
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,
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.
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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