1. Book:The (1921) Masonic Roll of Honour 1914-1918Pg.124
2. Memorial:The (1940) Scroll - WW1 Roll of Honour15B GQS

Awards & Titles:


Early Life :

Malta (1889)
"Malta Gravesend" (1893), perhaps taken to mean Malta and Gravesend.
25 Arundel Road, Eastbourne (1896)

Education & Career :

Egyptian Civil Service, London (1879). His address at the time was c/o Nairne, 3 Crosby Square, London.
Captain, Cable Ship (1889)
"Tel. Commdr" [Telegraph Commander] (1893)
Captain (1896)

Service Life:


Unit / Ship / Est.: CS John Pender 

Action : Natural Causes 

Natural causes is attributed those deaths due to causes that were not directly associated with the war. Included in this are wartime deaths resulting from, for example, theSpanish Influenza pandemic and its associated pneumonia problems and other attributions such as age and exhaustion. It also groups those who through Post Traumatic Stress committed suicide as a result of their experiences.

Detail :

From Joan Watkins, correspondent. Captain Robert (Royal Navy Reserve) was a Captain to the Eastern Telegraph Company (Cable & Wireless), which he joined in 1879. He commanded a number of Cable ships among them the C. S. Electra, C.S John Pender, and C. S. Amber. He took part in helping evacuate troops from the Dardanelles, Gallipoli in 1915. He died at sea in 1917 and was buried in Falmouth, Cornwall.

A full and detailed research has been conducted by researcher David Earley and is available at Sussex People

Robert Greey died suddenly on board CS John Pender in Falmouth harbour in Cornwall on 5 July 1917, aged 60. The cause of death was recorded as “apoplexy and heart failure”

Masonic :

TypeLodge Name and No.Province/District :
Mother : Caveac No. 176 E.C.London
Joined : Hartington No. 916 E.C. Sussex
Joined : Telegraph Cable No. 2470 E.C. London
Joined : St. John & St. Paul No. 349 E.C. Malta

11th October 1881
8th November 1881
13th December 1881

Robert's mother Lodge is Caveac Lodge, initiated 1879 when it met at the Albion Tavern, Aldersgate Street, London. He continued membership until his death. From 1912, there is some instability in the timely payment of his dues paying them in arrears until 1917, where the register of the United Grand Lodge of England shows "Died August 1917" - a little later than other recorded.

He joined Lodge of St. John and St. Paul in Valetta, Malta on 16th December 1889 and was a member for nearly 11 years until clearance 17th September 1900.

He joined Telegraph Cable Lodge No. 2470 on 20th July 1893 just months after its consecration and meeting at the Ship and Turtle Tavern, Leadenhall Street, London. A whole 'fleet' of men associated with the Telegraph industry had joined in its first year. He remained a member until his death, recorded as "Died 5 July 1917", but showing in arrears of subscriptions during the war years.

He further joined Hartington Lodge No. 916 on 10th January 1896 at Eastbourne and showed continued membership until recorded as "Died 5th July 1917"

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