Ralph William Dershon Sandford came to Wellington and the Hardinge in 1901, before going up to Pembroke. He became a solicitor in London. He was a Territorial Officer with the East Surreys.
He was initiated into the Old Wellingtonian Lodge in 1918, and served as the Lodge’s Deputy Master in 1931, and again as Worshipful Master in 1948. He was a member of the Lodge for 64 years, the longest of any member alongside the Founding Father of the Lodge, Brigadier Weston.