|1. Book:||The (1921) Masonic Roll of Honour 1914-1918||Pg.130|
|2. Memorial:||The (1940) Scroll - WW1 Roll of Honour||55C GQS|
Awards & Titles:
- The First World War 1914-1918, World-wide.
|Unit / Ship / Est.: 2/Gordon Highlanders|
2nd Battalion August 1914 : in Cairo. Returned to England, landing Southampton on 1 October 1914. Moved to Lyndhurst and attached to 20th Brigade in 7th Division. 7 October 1914 : Landed at Zeebrugge. November 1917 : moved with Division to Italy.
|Action : The Battles of Ypres 1914 (First Ypres)|
19 October - 22 November 1914. Following the failure of the German Schlieffen Plan in August and September 1914, both sides engaged in a series of linked battles as they sought to outflank each other. The climax of these manouvres was at Ypres in November 1914 when the might of the German Army attempted to break the much outnumbered British Expeditionary Force. The political importance of Ypres, being the last town of any size in Belgium that remained in allied hands, established its importance for both sides and ensured a series of battles over four years.
The First Battle of Ypres in 1914 is characterised by a series of linked heroic stands by outnumbered British soldiers in conditions of confusion and weary endurance. The Germans never knew how close they had come to winning - at one point just the clerks and cooks were the last line of defence for the BEF. By the end of the battle the magnificent original BEF, composed of professional regular soldiers, had been all but destroyed and already the Territorial battalions were called into battle. From the end of 1914 a 'Regular' battalion was in terms of its compostion little different to a Teritorial or later Service Battalion. The professional soldiers had all but vanished.
In August 1914 the 2nd Battalion was stationed in Cairo and returned to England, landing Southampton, on 1st October 1914. The Battalion then moved to Lyndhurst and came under command of 20th Brigade in 7th Division moving to France aboard the SS Lake Michigan and the SS Mineapolis landing in Zeebrugge on 7th October 1914 for service on the Western Front.
|Type||Lodge Name and No.||Province/District :|
|Mother :||Lord Kitchener No. 3402 E.C.||Cyprus|
15th July 1914
19th August 1914
28th August 1914
The masonic record show that a 33 year old Sergeant of the 2nd Battalion, Gordon Highlanders was initiated into Lord Kitchener Lodge in July 1914, in Cairo, Egypt. The contribution record reflects how little time he had been made a mason, the final comment revealing "Killed in Action, date unknown," at the start of the 1915 column.
The project globally acknowledges the following as sources of information for research across the whole database:
- The Commonwealth War Graves Commission
- The (UK) National Archives
- Ancestry.co.uk - Genealogy, Family Trees & Family History online
- ugle.org.uk - The records of the United Grand Lodge of England including the Library and Museum of Freemasonry
- Founder Researchers : Paul Masters & Mike McCarthy
- Researcher : Bruce Littley