A YEAR TO REMEMBER
Just over the past twelve months have truly been a year of remembrance for one Mason from the Middlesex Province.
W.Bro Frankie Whelan is the Worshipful Master of The Richmond Lodge No.2032 at Cole Court in Twickenham, but, he is also a Warrant Officer Class Two serving with the 1st Battalion Irish Guards based at Cavalry Barracks in Hounslow. Their role is currently state Ceremonial Public Duty which sees them conduct the Changing of the Guard and the Queen’s Birthday Parade as well as state visits in addition to being a light role infantry battalion, however the past twelve months have also seen this Middlesex Mason perform two solemn acts of remembrance that will never happen again in our life-time.
W.Bro Frankie last year had the honour and privilege to conduct the Guard of Honour for Somme 100 in France marking the 100th Anniversary of the Battle of the Somme.
He then this year also had the privilege of deploying to Belgium as the Drill Sergeant for Yreps 100 commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Passchendaele also known as the third battle of Ypres. For the soldiers who fought at Passchendaele, it was known as the ‘Battle of Mud’.
The Battle of Passchendaele
Tyne Cot Cemetery Belgium
“Seeing the numbers of the fallen marks the sheer horror of the Battle of Passchendaele, I was extremely humbled by the experience of Ypres 100. I myself have served eight operational tours including Iraq and Afghanistan on which I have endured extremely fierce fighting but even as an experienced soldier of twenty- two year’s I could not contemplate the harrowing conditions that these soldiers must have had to survive in”.
The Richmond Lodge No.2032 Remember the Fallen
This day the 12th November 2017 E.Comp. Martyn Farrell PGSwdB,DepGSupt with W.Bro Frankie Whelan and members of the Richmond Lodge No.2032 honoured the fallen at the Richmond Service of Remembrance by carrying out the final act of Remembrance for this year both Laying wreaths on behalf of the Province of Middlesex and The Richmond Lodge No.2032.
E.Comp Martyn Farrell PGSwdB, DepGSupt with members of The Richmond Lodge No.2032
E.Comp Martyn Farrell PGSwdB, DepGSupt with W.Bro Frankie Whelan (Worshipful Master 2017/18)
W.Bro Chris Parfitt-Taylor ProvDepGDC (SW), W.Bro Frankie Whelan (WM), W.Bro Niall Sheehan (IPM)