RW Bro the Rt. Hon. Lord Burnham,
Provincial Grand Master for Buckinghamshire,
died on New Year’s Day aged 73.
Hugh John Frederick Lawson, the sixth
Lord Burnham, was initiated in Lodge of
Antiquity No. 2 in 1984 and was Master in
1994. He was a member of other Lodges,
including Frederick Lawson Lodge No.
9185 – named after his father.
In 1996 he was a Senior Grand Deacon,
and the same year joined Buckinghamshire
Masters Lodge No. 3305, going in the chair
in 2000. A member of Old Etonian Lodge
No. 4500, he was Master in 1998.
In 1995 he became an Assistant Provincial
Grand Master in Buckinghamshire, and then
Provincial Grand Master in 1999. Lord
Burnham was also a member of the Royal
Arch and several other Orders.
Both his father and elder brother had been
PGMs of Buckinghamshire before him.
Prior to assuming the title, as Hugh
Lawson he was general manager and deputy
managing director of The Daily Telegraph
in the 1970s and 1980s. He did his National
Service in the Scots Guards and then read
PPE at Balliol College, Oxford.
He was a noted yachtsman, a Member of
the Royal Yacht Squadron, and competed
in both the Sydney-Hobart and Fastnet
races. He was part of a syndicate that
owned several horses, and was also keen on
shooting. He was also active in the House
of Lords, where he was an Opposition whip.
In 1955 he married Hilary Hunter.
They had three children – two girls and
a boy, Harry – who inherits the title.
A memorial service is being held at St
Bride’s Church, Fleet Street, at 11am on
Wednesday, 13 April.
Harry Errington GC
Auxiliary Fireman Bro Harry Errington,
who died on 15 December aged 94 was one
of only three firemen to be directly awarded
the George Cross, which he received from
King George VI following his heroism
during the London blitz.
He was a member of both Samson Lodge
No.1668 and Fraternal Unity Lodge No.7330,
which meet at Freemasons’ Hall, London.
On 17 September 1940, he was in a
basement used as a private air-raid shelter
for the Auxiliary Fire Service in Rathbone
Street Sub-Fire Station, just off Oxford
Street in London’s West End.
Shortly before midnight it received a
direct hit, killing 20 people including seven
firemen. Harry was blown across the room,
and regaining consciousness, found a fierce
fire spreading in the basement.
He found two of his comrades pinned
under debris, and with only a fireman’s axe
and his bare hands, tried to rescue them, but
the task appeared hopeless as he was driven
back by the fierceness of the flames. He
soaked a blanket and pulled it over him.
Neither man could stand, so he dragged
them to safety. One of those he saved, a
solicitor, became Sir John Terry, later
managing director of the National Film
He had a lifelong interest in basketball,
and coached the amateur team from Regent
Street Polytechnic. He was involved in
managing the basketball competition at the
1948 Olympic Games in London, and later
became Vice-Chairman of the UK Amateur
He was born in London in August 1910
and educated at Westminster Free School.
He won a trade scholarship to train as an
engraver, but went into tailoring, in which
he remained for the rest of his life.
VW Bro Walter Crombie PGSwdB, who
died on 23 October 2004 aged 82, was
initiated into Lodge of Companionship No.
6270 on 15 April 1947. He was a stalwart of
the London Grand Rank Association, and
was its secretary for 14 years.
Bro Walter was President of the
Association of Atholl Lodges, and current
Master of both Prudent Brethren No. 145
(an Atholl Lodge) and Thomas Dunckerley
Lodge No. 9514.
Born in north London on 15 June 1923,
he was educated at Mill Hill. He was from
a musical family and went on to become a
musician of international reputation. He was
accomplished with the clarinet, saxophone,
flute and piano.
At 17 he was playing with the Joe Loss
Orchestra, and was one of the original
members of the George Shearing Quintet.
He also played alto with Ambrose, Geraldo,
Ted Heath, Lew Stone and Jack Parnell
among others. During his army service he
was on the musical arranging staff of the
Glenn Miller Orchestra.
In 1947 he joined the family firm of
Bond Street jewellers, and lectured around
the world on jewellery design. He was a
Fellow of the Gemmological Association
of Great Britain and a Fellow of the Royal
Society of Arts.
His wife, Dawn, died in 1994 after 46
years of marriage. They had two sons,
Roger and Jonathan.
[With acknowledgements to the LGRA
Quarterly Bulletin, No. 167]
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