W Bro Derek Barrett WM 2016 racquets pro at College Past Provincial Grand Registrar in the Province of Oxfordshire.
The OW Lodge held its annual meeting at Wellington College, the 426th meeting of the Lodge, on 11 May 2019.
The sun beat the rain as Wellington put Radley to the sword (or bat) on turf, and we had visitors too – old friends and new joined us from the Old Rugbeians, Stanwell, Be Prepared, the Old Uppinghamians and the Provincial Grand Master of Berkshire.
The Worshipful Master Sid Mallya conducted a wonderful and rare ceremony – it is rare and indeed special when a member of a Lodge brings his son into masonry; that new mason is known as a Lewis and the continuity of masonry receives a special boost. It is rarer still when a son brings in his father, as was the case on this occasion.
We repaired to Great School for drinks, being joined by more friends from the Lodge and College including CMStGP, Murray Lindo and the Master Elect, James Dahl who honoured us with a few words on the state of College.
The Master Elect of College designated a charity for the evening, WOW or Widening Opportunities at Wellington, which the Lodge was pleased to support with a donation of £500, and a matching contribution of £500 to the Herbert Trust, now part of the wider College charities, which supports the education of OW’s children.
Dinner was enjoyed by 38 members and guests, and lamenting the passing of the Waterloo Hotel we departed into the late evening to the sounds of the clock over Porters’ Lodge.
The dinner is an open affair, and all members of the Wellington Community are most welcome. Next year we shall be meeting on 30 May, so please email the secretary if you would like to attend. All are most welcome.
Born in Poona, India, on December 9th 1938, Dickon was in the Hill from 1952 to 1955 and then joined the Queen’s Own Royal West Kent Regiment, serving in Cyprus during the emergency. Because of a rugby injury he was invalided out of the army and joined Barclays Bank DCO, training in Liverpool and London before being posted overseas in 1962.
First of all he worked in Ghana and was initiated, on 15 January 1964,
into the Ashanti Lodge No 3717 EC in Kumasi before going to Nigeria, the
West Indies and the USA. Subsequently, during 1969 while posted to Uganda he became the Founding Substitute Master of Lodge Ruwenzori No 1652 SC, a Scottish Lodge formed in Kilembe.
He married Rachel Philippa Taylor in 1970 and, after a spell in London, was
posted to Mauritius where he became W.M of The Lodge of Friendship No 1696 EC, being honoured with an official visit from the Pro Grand Master, MW Brother the Earl Cadogan MC DL and the Grand Secretary, VW Brother James W Stubbs PJGW in October 1973.
Returning to London, he became W.M of the Old Wellingtonian Lodge No 3404 in 1975. He then went to Singapore, continuing his Masonic activities
before retiring to Australia in 1996.
Whilst no longer a member of the Lodge due to the distances involved he remains in contact and a keen supporter, especially helping novice lodge historians with their efforts which is much appreciated.
After many happy festive boards at the East India Club, the February meeting saw the Lodge hold its meeting at this favourite haunt, the first meeting in St James’s for some 40 years.
We conducted a fine raising ceremony, presided over by WM Sid Mallya in a fluent and confident performance, with the Traditional History being delivered with great style and understanding by W Bro Matt Burrows of our Mother Lodge, Household Brigade No 2614. We were also delighted to be joined by a familiar face from the Old Bradfield Lodge.
We finished the evening with an excellent meal and over Port and Madeira celebrated the imminent milestone of VW Bro Jervis Kay’s birthday.
The Old Wellingtonian Lodge met for its Installation meeting on 11 October, 2018 to install our new Worshipful Master, W Bro Sidhartha Mallya. Assisted by friends and ruling Masters from the lodges of Repton, Charterhouse and Westminster, and the Secretary Designate of our mother lodge, Household Brigade, our newly installed Master fluently and confidently appointed and installed his officers and paused to speak passionately and briefly about the importance of looking after our young members and of defending our craft in the face of ill-informed opposition, which he himself had faced only recently. We were also pleased to welcome guests from both Sir Thomas White Lodge and Chapter, Stowe, Onward Lodge No 5540, and Letchworth Lodge No 3505.
The Lodge was well represented with members and guests numbering over 30 on the evening, before repairing for some of the finest beef many had had at a festive board, organised by W Bro Start Bamford and courtesy of the East India, Sports and Public Schools’ club in St James’s. The bar hosted many of those present until closing.
The Lodge held its annual early summer meeting at Wellington College on 12 May 2018.
Although the weather proved against the cricketers playing Marlborough, it did encourage members of the Lodge and their guests to focus on matters masonic indoors, rather than lingering on Turf. We were privileged to welcome guests from sister PSLC Lodges: the Old Uppinghamian Lodge, the Old Rugbeian Lodge and Cholemeley Lodge (Highgate School), as well as masons from the Lodge of St George in East Sussex and from Coventry Foundation Lodge in Warwickshire, together with a member of the College Team, a regular guest and member of Be Prepared Lodge in Berkshire.
These meetings are high prized amongst OW Masons, giving us the chance to revisit College and catch up on the physical development of College which seems to come on leaps and bounds every twelve months, and to meet up with members of staff, current Wellingtonians, and of course Potts. This meeting was particularly special as we had the honour of welcoming a new member to the Lodge; An initiation of an OW at Wellington is always special, for the officers and members of the Lodge as much as for the candidate. The Ceremony was carried in fine style by this year’s Worshipful Master W Bro Peter Draper, formerly of Senior Common Room, ably assisted by his IPM, W Bro Derek Barrett, known to so many OWs from the rackets court.
We dined afterwards in the Senior Common Room Dinning Room, joined by a number of members’ and guests’ partners and friends, and by members of the OW Community including Potts and the Worshipful Master’s guests former SCR Colleague Jim Price and his wife Ceri. We were truly sorry neither the Head Boy or Girl could join us, but we appreciate that it is exam season (as it almost always seems to be for students these days?). A wonderful evening, with perhaps the only cloud being the recent demise of the Waterloo Hotel and the resulting longer journeys home in place of the familiar amble down past the Talbot (and now the Beresford of course) to the bar, especially for the Old Talbotians. Maybe we are all getting a little old to be still climbing that fence anyway…?
We were delighted to make a small contribution to Potts’ forthcoming challenge to walk two legs (or was that to walk on two legs?) of the London Brighton challenge for Cystic Fibrosis Trust. If anyone else would like to support him he has a Just Giving page, which worth a visit if only for the Knobbly Knees winning photo of the great man himself.
We look forward to returning next year, and would welcome any members of the College Community, OW masons who are not members of the Lodge, members of PSLC Sister lodges, and our frequent and infrequent visitors to join us. Please do not hesitate to contact the Secretary (firstname.lastname@example.org) or contact us via College. We will try an ensure the dates and details are posted in the usual College, OW, and Masonic places.
The Lodge would like to extend its congratulations to W Bro Nigel Birch on his recent award of an MA and successful publishing of his master’s dissertation, entitled ‘No Sideshow: The British Contribution to the Allied Victory in the Balkans, September 1918′.
Henry Lowe Sherbrooke was in the Benson and had a distinguished Wellington career: He was Head of College and captained the Racquets Pair in 1938, having played in the Pair for two years, and was in both the Hockey and Cricket XIs, before going up to Trinity, Oxford.
He was commissioned on the strength of his cadet service in 1940 in the Kings Dragoon Guards, and transferred to the Bays in 1941 with whom he served in the Desert fighting Rommel.
Sherbrooke and the Bays were in the thick of the fighting from May 1942, and he was captured in the ‘Cauldron’ near El Alamein on 30 June 1942 during “a successful attack on an enemy column of 3,000 vehicles, until a covering force of twenty-three panzer IIIs and IVs came forward, knocking out Lieutenant Sherbrooke’s tank and capturing him and his crew”.1
He was a PoW until liberation and met future fellow Lodge member Dugald Bannatyne in Oflag VIII.
After the war he worked for the Overseas Food Corporation, including spells overseas in Tanganyika.
He joined the Lodge in 1986. He was the 250th member of the Lodge when he joined. Unusually his mother lodge was Prince of Wales Lodge No 19 in Santiago, Chile.
This was a Lodge of English-speaking masons formed by members of Harmony Lodge No. 1411 an English Constitution Lodge in Valparaiso. However due to an agreement between UGLE and the Grand Lodge of Chile, this lodge was formed under the local constitution. It still meets today, but has become a local Spanish-speaking lodge.2
He was a member of the Cavalry Club.
- History of the QDG
Brigadier Lionel Frederick Robert ‘Freddy’ Kenyon DSO was initiated into the Lodge in 1922 and remained with us for 58 years, but never took the chair.
At Wellington he was a dormitory prefect in the Combermere, and in the same class with fellow Lodge member Harold Newman, who recalls in his online memoirs life under Jock Cave, a somewhat Victorian-era usher in charge of the Middle IInd,1 and the two of them would go to Woolwich in the same class as well, along with 17 other fellow OWs in the June intake alone. Five more had preceded them in March, and a further twenty-seven would go to Sandhurst.2 He was commission in the Corps of Royal Engineers in 1919.
Having missed the Great War he saw service in Waziristan in 1922-1923 and again on the Khajuri Plain in 1930-1931, and was Mentioned for both campaigns. With the outbreak of World War Two he served in several staff positions before finding himself in 1943 at the sharp end of soldiering once more in a little-known misadventure in the Dodecanese known as Operation Accolade.
With the surrender of the Italians, the areas previously under their control suddenly found themselves in play as potential stepping stones in the invasion of Europe. The Germans and the Allies squared up in a series of scrambled operations to seize control of the more strategic island and outposts, especially those that could service aircraft. The conflicting views of Churchill and Eisenhower did little to help, and even Allanbrooke, then CIGS, was opposed the Chuchill’s “Rhodes Madness”.3 A book called Churchill’s Folly provides a good overview for those with more than a passing interest in the details.
Kenyon’s first task was an attempt to persuade the newly Allied Italian forces on Rhodes and their Italian commander to resist the Germans. This was unsuccessful, and with the loss of Rhodes back to the Axis, there was a a rushed attempt to take control of Kos and Leros, with their strategic naval and aerial importance.
Kenyon found himself in command of a mixed combined ops force whose principle infantry formation was 1 Dorset Light Infantry, and a significant number of LRDG and SBS, but very little air cover.
Unfortunately the Italians were in a poor state, in terms of moral and materiele, and following the capitulation of their 35-40,000 strong force to less than 7000 Germans, Kenyon and his small force were captured in the swift German retaking of the Island.
What followed ranks as its own distinct chapter of the crimes committed by the Germans, with mass shooting of some 4000 Italian PoWs. Kenyon and the British forces was spared this fate, and remained in captivity until liberation.2 The combined atrocities, poor result and Churchillian tactical over-reach go some way to explain why this small episode of the war is little spoken about, although there is increasing Italian scholarly and amateur research and discussion, focussing unsurprisingly on the atrocities committed and largely covered up afterwards.
Kenyon retired not long after the War to Constable Country around Dedham, and wrote several pieces, including his account of the Kos (Mis-)Adventure and a book on Dedham Vale for the Council for the Preservation of Rural England, now the CPRE.
- Reading Observer (https://www.berkshirestories.org.uk/archive/reading-observer-1914-1920/reading-observer-1919/reading-observer-06-1919/121417-reading-observer-28-06-1919-00004jpg#prettyPhoto/0/)
- Allanbrooke, 2001