Lewiss

Sons follow in their fathers’ footsteps

ST OSWALD Lodge has twice had to seek a special dispensation from the Province of West Lancashire to initiate a Lewis.

The first was in December, 1939, for law student Eric Walton Vernon to be Initiated and the second in 2008 for university student Sam Royle.

The reason for the Dispensation was that Eric and Sam were both only 19 years old. Approval was given for Eric and Sam to be Initiated “as a Lewis” (the son of a Freemason).

WBro James Vernon, was a founder member of the lodge having been Initiated in 1920 in Unity Lodge No 682 in Scotland. He became Worshipful Master in 1948.

Bro Eric Vernon, who was born on 29 January 1920, went on to become Worshipful Master in 1957/58 but resigned from the lodge in 1965. However, he again became associated with members of the lodge and re-joined on 16 October 1987 when he was proposed by WBro Derrick Lodge and seconded by WBro George Maude.

Sam Royle is the youngest person to be initiated into St Oswald Lodge. He was 19 years and one week when he was initiated by his father, Joe.

Sam Royle is the youngest person to be initiated into St Oswald Lodge. He was 19 years and one week when he was initiated by his father, Joe.


Sam Royle became the youngest person to be initiated into the lodge as he was just 19 years and one week old. He was initiated into the lodge by his father Joe who had been a member for 10 years. WBro Royle also took the chair to Pass his son and took an active role in the third degree ceremony. WBro Royle was WM of the lodge in 2006 and in 2012 took over the role as Director of Ceremonies. He was honoured by the Province in 2012 when he was appointed as the Acting Provincial Assistant Grand Superintendent of Works.

WBro James Vernon was the first of many members who have seen their sons follow in their footsteps by becoming members of St Oswald Lodge and there have even been three generations of the same family as members.

There was undoubted pleasure in 1946 for the Worshipful Master, WBro Robert Ross, when he Initiated into the lodge his son, Alexander Ross.

This father and son combination made a great contribution to the general running and success of the lodge. WBro Robert Ross, PPrGW, was Assistant Director of Ceremonies in 1949. From 1950 to 1956 he served as secretary and for that same period his son was assistant secretary. WBro Robert was Director of Ceremonies from 1956 to 1962 and his son was secretary in 1956 and 1957. It was in 1961 that WBro Robert had the pleasure of seeing his son Alexander Installed as Worshipful Master. After his year as Worshipful Master, WBro Alexander served as the lodge’s charity representative for five years and from 1963 until 1974 he was treasurer. He then served as an auditor for many years.  WBro Alexander was appointed to the rank of Past Provincial Grand Deacon.

Nobody could have anticipated the honour that would be brought to the lodge by one family association. On 4 December, 1947, WBro Arthur Fletcher Osborne, the Worshipful Master of the lodge, Initiated his son, Arthur Osborne, who became Worshipful Master in 1963. WBro Arthur Osborne went on to become an Assistant Provincial Grand Master of the Province of West Lancashire and a fuller profile of his Masonic career appears elsewhere. There was then a third generation of the family in the lodge when WBro Arthur’s son, Michael Arthur, was Initiated into Freemasonry in St Oswald Lodge in 1967. WBro Arthur was in the chair to Raise his son.

The lodge had also seen three generations of the Ashall family as members. Harry Ashall was Initiated into the Lodge in 1944 and saw his son, James Edward, Initiated in 1947. Bro Harry became Worshipful Master in 1959 and just three years later saw his son occupy the Chair. WBro James’s talents were recognised when he was made a Provincial Grand Steward and was later promoted to the rank of Past Provincial Grand Director of Ceremonies. He was in the chair to Raise both his sons, James Harry Ashall who was Initiated in 1972 and John Philip Ashall who was Initiated in 1975. Bro James Harry Ashall, PPrAGSuptWks, became Worshipful Master in 1983.

WBro William Sudlow, who had been a member of the lodge since 1934, became Worshipful Master in 1953 and at his first meeting in the September Initiated his son Alan who went on to become Worshipful Master in 1970.

WBro William Herbert Ward, PPrAGDC, who was the fourth man to be Initiated into the lodge in 1930 went on to become Worshipful Master in 1944. He proposed his son Norman into the lodge in 1945.

William Henry Cartwright was Initiated in St Oswald Lodge in 1954 and acted as Junior Deacon when his son, John, was Initiated in 1968. WBro Cartwright also saw his son-in-law, Malcolm Owen Smith, Initiated into St Oswald Lodge in 1969. WBro Cartwright joined Boteler Lodge No 7367 and became its Worshipful Master in 1970. He was one of the prime movers in forming Academy Lodge No 9382 in 1990 and was its first Worshipful Master. His first Provincial Rank was as a Provincial Grand Steward and in April 1983 he was made a Past Assistant Grand Director of Ceremonies. WBro Cartwright was the Mayor of Warrington in 1961.

WBro Derrick Lodge, PPrJGW, was Initiated in 1961 and served twice as Worshipful Master, in 1980 and 1995. He was lodge secretary since 1998 until his death. He had the great pleasure of Initiating his son Anthony Stephen Lodge in 1993 and at that same ceremony gave an explanation of the First Degree Tracing Board.

WBro John Douglas Roberts, was Initiated into St Oswald Lodge in 1970. His father, WBro Doug Roberts had been Initiated in 1961 and served as Worshipful Master in 1978 before becoming Assistant Director of Ceremonies in 1980. He also saw his son-in-law, Tony Clare, Initiated into St Oswald Lodge. WBro John, who was Worshipful Master in 1987, served the lodge as treasurer from 1996 to 2004. Before being promoted to the rank of Past Provincial Junior Grand Warden in 2004 he had first been honoured by the Province as a Past Provincial Senior Grand Deacon.

WBro William Thomas Powell, PPrJGD., who was Initiated in 1933 became Worshipful Master in 1950. He had three special Brothers in St Oswald Lodge, his sons Norman and John Ronald and his son-in-law, Douglas Henry Vermand Coleman. WBro. Powell served the Lodge as Director of Ceremonies and Tyler. He saw his son Norman Installed as Worshipful Master in 1966 by WBro Ernest Barrington Cockburn Saunders, PPrJGD. Bro Coleman went on to become Worshipful Master in 1977 and was later awarded the rank of Past Provincial Senior Grand Deacon. He became a founder of Hillcliffe Lodge No 8812 in 1978.

WBro Nat Morris, who was a founder and first Director of Ceremonies of the Lodge, saw his son Nathaniel Fisher Morris Initiated into St Oswald Lodge in 1952. WBro Nat Morris had been Worshipful Master of St Elphin Lodge early in his Masonic career but it was only in 1956 that he went into the chair of St Oswald Lodge. His son became Worshipful Master in 1967.

Martin Nee was Initiated into the Lodge in 1988 and just two years later his son Simon was Initiated.

Les Savage who installed his son Howard as WM of St Oswald Lodge in 2012

Les Savage who installed his son Howard as WM of St Oswald Lodge in 2012

The next father and son partnership in the lodge was in 2004. The Initiation of Howard Leslie Savage meant that he would sit alongside his father and “Brother”, James Leslie Savage who was a member of St Elphin Lodge for about 10 years but became a Joining Member of St Oswald Lodge in April 2004. The ceremony had an extra ingredient as Howard was conducted round the lodge by his father who acted as Junior Deacon for the evening.

Les became Worshipful Master of St Oswald Lodge in 2011 and the following year had the special honour of installing his son into the Chair.

The largest meeting for many years in St Oswald Lodge came in April 2007 when WBro Derek Hunt initiated his son, Paul Anthony, into the lodge. There were more than 130 brethren present including Assistant Provincial Grand Master Dennis Rudd. The numbers had been swelled by members of Newton Lodge who kept their lodge business to a minimum so that they could join St Oswald members for the ceremony.

In addition to initiating Paul, WBro Hunt, also gave him an explanation of the First Degree Tracing Board. There were several other Entered Apprentices from other lodges present and they joined Paul at the tracing board for the explanation. WBro Hunt also took the chair to Pass and Raise his son.

The largest meeting for many years in St Oswald Lodge came in April 2007 when WBro Derek Hunt initiated his son, Paul Anthony, into the lodge. There were more than 130 brethren present including Assistant Provincial Grand Master Dennis Rudd. The numbers had been swelled by members of Newton Lodge who kept their lodge business to a minimum so that they could join St Oswald members for the ceremony.

In addition to initiating Paul, WBro Hunt, also gave him an explanation of the First Degree Tracing Board. There were several other Entered Apprentices from other lodges present and they joined Paul at the tracing board for the explanation. WBro Hunt also took the chair to Pass and Raise his son.