H L Sherbrooke

H L Sherbrooke. Benson 1936
Courtesy of Wellington College Archive

Henry Lowe Sherbrooke was in the Benson and  had a distinguished Wellington career: He was Head of College and captained the Rackets 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.

  1. History of the QDG
  2. http://princeofwaleslodge.webs.com/likenamedlodges.htm