London Irish Rifles.

Centenary Plate of The London Irish Riflers Lodge No 2313 E.C.

Centenary Plate of The London Irish Riflers Lodge No 2313 E.C.

As you all know Brethren, I have a great interest in all aspects of Irish Freemasonry, and to that end I have recently acquired a very fine Centenary plate produced in 1989 to mark 100 years of continuous Lodge working by the members of the London Irish Rifles Masonic Lodge No 2312 E.C.

The Foundation Master of this Lodge was the third son of Queen Victoria, H.R.H. Arthur Duke of Connaught and Strathearn, Grand Master of U.G.L.E. who acted as a Perpetual Worshipful Master of the London Irish Lodge for the first 53 years of its existence. He was assisted in this role by a deputy Master who conducted the business of Master if His Royal Highness was unavailable. The Lodge was one of four such Lodges in U.G.L.E. who were ruled by the Grand Master, the other Lodges being – Royal Alpha Lodge No 16; Aldershop Army and Navy Lodge No 1971 and the Old Wellingtonian Lodge No 3404.Each of these Lodges were granted the rights to strike a special members jewel incorporating the ducal coronet and the personal crest of Arthur Duke of Connaught and Strathearn.

Crest used in Members jewel.

Crest used in Members jewel.

No mention of the London Irish would be complete without recording the name of Rifleman Frank Edwards who gained everlasting glory in the Great War ( 1914-18 ) due to his kicking a football in front of the charge by the battalion at the Battle of Loos. From then on he was always known as The Footballer of Loos, and his story has been told in an excellent book of the same name.

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Rt Wor Bro Bashford lives in Ireland where he joined the Masonic Order in 1977. He became a Master Mason in 1978 and served as Master of his Mother Lodge, Moyarget No. 280 Irish Constitution in 1990. He was appointed Richard Robinson Memorial Lecturer in the Irish Masonic Province of Antrim in 1992 and 2004. In 1996 he was appointed Grand Master's personal Standard Bearer by Most Wor. Bro Darwin Templeton, G.M. In 2000 he became the Millennium Master of the `irish Lodge of Research No. 200, and in 2001 went on to become Excellent King of the irish Chapter of Research No. 222.He is the current Editor of the Irish Lodge of Research, and has been since 1992, and of the Irish Chapter of Research since 1996. He was appointed Representative of the Grand Lodge of Portugal at the Grand Lodge of Ireland in 2006 ( a ten year appointment), giving him the courtesy title of Right Worshipful Brother. He is currently Provincial Grand Librarian for the Province of Antrim, and Curator of the museum at their headquarters in Belfast.
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