ISSUE 9, April 2004

The Duke of Wellington: A Brother in arms
Quarterly Communication: Address of the Grand Master and Report of the Board of General Purposes
Life with the Stars: Masons and famous people
Hall Stone Jewel: Cyril Spackman, designer
Travel: Jamaica
Grand Charity: Annual Report and Accounts
Masonic stamps: Masonry on stamps
Library & Museum of Freemasonry: Antients and Moderns go on-line
Masonic education: Events for Freemasons
Masonic charities: The continuing work
Bowel cancer: How the Grand Charity is helping
Royal Arch: Russia and Eastern Europe
Richard Eve: A former Grand Treasurer
Book reviews

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Viking cruise
I was surprised to see the photograph of Masons aboard the SY Viking (MQ, Issue No. 8) as I have a similar photograph taken at the end of June 1913.
      The Viking was specially adapted for the cruises and catered for 348 passengers, of which more than 30 were Freemasons. The Masonic meetings were not on board as you indicated, but held in the open air at midnight and in broad daylight.
      This was 968 feet above sea level near a hut which stood adjacent to a monument, previously erected to mark the Kaiser’s visit. The Masonic meeting of which I have a record was held on 27 June 1913 when 34 Masons, 30 from Britain and four from overseas, took part. The officers appointed to take part were:

      WM: W Bro Harry Tipper PAGP Tranquillity Lodge No. 185, W Bro W H Snow (St Peter’s No. 442), W Bro Robert Mitchell and Bro W H Burridge (Robert Mitchell No. 2956), Bro J Wagstaff (Paddington No. 3267) and Bro Reverend H Mervyn Knuckley (Wodonga, Victoria, Australia).

Richard Williams’ medals
As a military history enthusiast I was very interested in the article on Richard Williams, a Charge of the Light Brigade veteran (MQ, Issue No. 8).
      I was intrigued by the photograph of him in his Provincial regalia, as he is wearing his campaign medals and his Masonic jewels. I have never heard of this, or seen it, and wonder if this was something that was permitted in those days.
      The medals he is wearing in the photograph are, left to right: Crimea Medal with four clasps, Turkish Crimea medal and the Indian Mutiny medal with no clasp (most unusual).
      Peeping out from under these is probably his Long Service and Good Conduct medal, although why he would wear it separately I don’t know.
Witney, Oxfordshire

Conan Doyle’s apron
I visited Chicago to view a large Conan Doyle collection that is owned privately, and on display was the Masonic apron and wallet that belonged to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.
      It is on display in a glass case along with the pouch in which it was kept. The apron is described as of white lambskin, lined with turquoise silk and trimmed with a two-inch border of turquoise moiré.
      There is a triangular flap on the front, also trimmed in turquoise moiré, three silk blue rosettes on flap and in two lower corners of apron. There are two pendent purl wire tassels, turquoise ribbon ties with silver serpent clasp.
      It is accompanied by an original black morocco wallet with silver clasp, 14 x 20cm, lined in red and white kid leather, and stamped in gilt: “Bro. A Conan Doyle, Phoenix Lodge No. 257.”
      It forms part of the Core Materials of the C. Frederick Kittle Collection of Doyleana at the Newberry Library, Chicago.
Brian Pugh, Curator The Conan Doyle, (Crowborough) Establishment, Lewes, Sussex

The Heavy Brigade
In your otherwise excellent article about Sgt Richard Williams, there is an absolute howler. The defence of Balaclava by the Highlanders and various ‘invalids’ was indeed commanded by Sir Colin Campbell: ‘The thin red line capped with steel’.
      However, the Charge of the Heavy Brigade, consisting of the Royal Scots Greys and the Iniskilling Dragoons, supported by the 5th Dragoons and the Royals, all under strength, was commanded by General The Hon. James Scarlett, a 55-year-old squire/soldier who had never seen action.
      Against all the usages of war, Scarlett proceeded to slowly ‘dress’ his Brigade and then charge uphill into a mass of Russian cavalry that outnumbered them at least 3:1, if not greater.
      “The Russians fled in the greatest disorder, our splendid cavalry not leaving them till they had got under protection of their artillery” (Lt. Henry Clifford).
      Tennyson published a poem “The Charge of the Light Brigade”, but in typically English fashion, Scarlett’s triumph is virtually unknown, while Cardigan’s tragedy is universally known!
Hitchin, Herts

Balaclava sword
Your article on The Charge of the Light Brigade (MQ, Issue No. 8) was of great interest me as another (albeit adopted) Lancastrian took part in the Charge of the Heavy Brigade earlier in the day.
      This was Colonel James Yorke Scarlett of the 5th Royal Dragoons, who commanded and led the Heavy Brigade in the battle, and who came home from the Crimea as a Lieutenant-General.
      His sword is in the possession of Thursby Lodge No. 3855, consecrated 26 September 1918 – first Master John Ormerod Scarlett Thursby – and is used by all Burnley Masonic Hall Lodges.
      Scarlett Lodge of Mark Master Masons No. 189 was named after him and was consecrated in October 1875, four years after his death.
Burnley, Lancashire

On the carpet
We are a recently formed Chapter in Devon, and have been fortunate enough to have all our Chapter furniture either made, or donated by the founders, with the exception of a Chapter carpet.
      Is there any Chapter with a carpet to sell or dispose of, as we can assure the present owners that it would be “gratefully received, and faithfully applied.”
Exeter, Devon