ISSUE 13, April 2005

The Campbells are coming: At speed!
Travel: Warming to Iceland
Royal Masonic Family: The Six Masonic Sons of George III, Part II
Quarterly Communication: Address of the Pro Grand Master and: Report of the Board of General Purposes
The flying eye hospital
Beamish Museum: The million pound project
  Wigan Grand Lodge: The Liverpool rebels
Chelsea Lodge: That's entertainment
Re-enactment: The way we were and: The Russian connection
Community Service: Weathering the storm
Faith and Freemasonry: God and the Craft
Education: Researching Freemasonry on the Internet and: Masonic events
Freemasons Hall: Masons at War
Grand Charity: Report and grant list and: Support for Asian tsunami
Masonic Charities: Reports from the Masonic charities
Obituaries, Letters, Book reviews, Gardening

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    Lord Burnham

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 Finance Corporation.
    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 Basketball Association.
    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.

Walter Crombie

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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