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Lurgan Coat of Arms The Armagh Guardian


23 June, 1917  

MASONIC LODGE MEETING AT THE FRONT

An officer of the Sixteenth Royal Irish Rifles in a letter to a friend in Lurgan, Co. Armagh, gives an interesting account of a meeting held at the front under the auspices of a Lodge under the Irish Constitution, which, was established in Lurgan when the battalion was being formed there. In the letter he writes:-

"The Regimental Masonic Lodge of the Pioneers No: 420 held two successful meetings in a large two-storied farm house within their billeting area, and only a couple of miles from the Boche front line. The building had been shelled a short time previously, and not a whole pane of glass remained in the House, this, however, was soon remedied, and did not interfere with the business of the meet, which, was transacted to the music of big gunfire, the hum of aeroplanes and the bursting of Hun shells. It is perhaps the first time that Masonic brethren had to meet in lodge fully armed and equipped with gas helmets as some of the members had to do on this occasion. A good many visiting brethren availed themselves of this opportunity of meeting under these unique circumstances, some coming long distances to do so. -

The London Freemason.

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