Victoria Cross Memorial at Freemason's Hall
On Thursday 27th June, Deputy Provincial Grand Master, VW Bro Christopher Rogers, represented the Provincial Grand Master and the Worshipful Master, Wardens and Brethren of the Lodge of Israel at the unveiling and dedication of the Victoria Cross Remembrance Stone by HRH The Duke of Kent at Freemasons’ Hall, London.
This memorial was commission in 2016 to commemorate all United Grand Lodge of England Freemasons who have been awarded the Victoria Cross Medal of Gallantry.
The Stonemason who undertook the commission is 33 year old Emily Draper, who served her apprenticeship with Worcester Cathedral funded by Worcestershire Freemasons and the Grand Charity. She continues to work at Worcester Cathedral after her apprenticeship.
The first Masonic recipient of the VC was Bro Robert Loyd-Lindsay in 1854 for gallantry during the Crimean War. The last was a Warwickshire Mason in the Lodge of Israel No 1474,
Bro Ian Edward Fraser, was just 25 when awarded this honour for his courage and determination in manning his submarine whilst being surrounded by mines in the Johore Strait, Singapore in 1945.