FIRST (JOINT) INITIATES
ARTHUR ALEXANDER WEDDERSPOON and
WILLIAM THOMAS HEAVENS
were both Initiated into the Lodge on the 10th May 1924.
Bro. Wedderspoon left Palestine very shortly afterwards, and was Posted to the U.S.A. He was Raised on the 13th August 1924 in our sponsoring Lodge King Solomon's Lodge, No 3464, Chester. This was a historic occasion, as this was the only ceremony performed by that Lodge.
Bro. Heavens was Passed on the l3rd September 1924 Raised on the 8th November 1924. He passed through the junior offices, and become Master of the Lodge in 1935.
THE 100TH INITIATE.
W.BRO. ANTONY FRANK PEARCE, P.G.ST.B. (ENGLAND) L.G.R.
Master in 1967.
Director of Ceremonies 1969 -1978.
Treasurer 1979 - 1995
Charity Representative 1969 - 1975.
P.G. St. B. (England).
Advanced into Grosvenor Mark Masters Lodge No. 144. 1961.
Admitted to Royal Ark Mariner Grosvenor Lodge. 1962.
Commander Grosvenor Royal Ark Mariners Lodge. 1965
Master Grosvenor Mark Masters Lodge. 1966
Joining member of King Solomon's Quarries Mark Masters Masons.
Joining member of Mallet and Chisel No. 5.
Founder member of London Installed Commanders Lodge of Royal Ark Mariners.
Joining member of London Installed Mark Masons Lodge.
W.Bro. Tony Pearce joined the Lodge through his connection with the Palestine Police Force, where he served from 1946 until the end of the Mandate. After returning to the U.K., he joined Cable and Wireless, remaining with them until 1979, when because of ill health he took a sick retirement pension.
He spent several years as assistant Secretary to Bro. Cowell where he learnt the history of the Lodge and a lot of the history of Masonry in the Middle East.
W.Bro. Tony was fortunate that his year in the Chair coincided with the 250th centenary and the Installation of the Grand Master at the Albert Hall.
Only reigning Masters had the right of attending, all other tickets were by ballot, including Grand Officers.
The Albert Hall was completely filled and visiting Grand Masters from all over the world, were introduced to the newly Installed Grand Master.
W.Bro. Tony is very much a traditionalist and is keen to preserve King Solomon's Temple ritual. He is very proud to be a member of this very unique Lodge which was founded in Jerusalem and hopes it continues to flourish until time is no more.
W, BRO. ALBERT SIDNEY (MONTY) BANKS, C.P.M., P.D.G.V. (HONG KONG MID FAR EAST)
D.G. SCRIBE N (H0NG KONG MID FAR EAST)
Born 29th October, 1915.
Initiated in Lodge of King Solomon's Temple, No. 4611, 13th January, 1948.
Master of King Solomon's Lodge, 1991.
Joining member of Star of Southern China Lodge, No. 2013, Hong Kong and Far East, 1950.
Master of Star of Southern China Lodge, No. 2013, 1953.
Honorary member of Star of Southern China Lodge, No. 2013.
District Grand Junior Warden, Hong Kong and Far East, 1965.
Joining member of Zealand and Hong Kong Lodge, No. 7665, 1961
Master of Zetland and Hong Kong Lodge, No. 7665, 1982.
First Principal of Jubilee Chapter, No. 2013 (Hong Kong and Far East), 1958 and 1961.
District Grand Scribe 'N', (Hong Kong and Far East).
W. Bro. 'Monty' became W. Master of our Lodge, 43 years after his Initiation in Jerusalem. This record delay was mainly caused by his constant change of 'Posts', while working in Palestine and then his posting to Hong Kong, via a period in Cyprus. While he was in Hong Kong, Monty attained the rank of Superintendent of Police and then appointed Staff Officer, rising to Senior Superintendent of Police and then appointed Staff Officer, rising to Senior Superintendent of Police. In 1965 He was awarded the Colonial Police Medal for meritorious Service, during the Queens' Birthday Honours List.
W.Bro. Monty's varied career continued when in 1969 he was appointed Captain in the Abu Dhabi Defence force and served with them until 1971.
During the war years and the lifetime of the Palestine Volunteer Force, he served as C.Q.M.S.M.
As can be seen our W. Bro., despite his long and changing service continued his Masonic career.
His high office attained by work and diligence, is an example to the members of our Lodge and it is certain that his high standard will be maintained during his year as Master.