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For Province P0060 - Province of Dorset.

16th

May. 2018

92 Year Old takes the Chair at St Mark!!

Monday 14 May proved to be a very memorable day for the members of The Lodge of St Mark as they created their own piece of history with a 92 year old, World War II veteran being installed as their Worshipful Master.

Ray joined the Royal Navy as a 17 year old in 1943 and served on HMS Illustrious. The carrier's aircraft attacked targets in Japanese-occupied Dutch East Indies and took part in the Battle of Okinawa. In early 1944, the aircraft of HMS Illustrious and an American carrier joined forces to strike a naval base at Sabang in northern Sumatra.The ship went on to Tricomalee in Sri Lanka for respite before the start of the Battle of Okinawa in 1945.

Nearly 80 brethren gathered at Kinson to see Ray Fuller take the chair which created a fantastic atmosphere at this remarkable evening and whilst it was not Ray's first time in the chair having previously Master of Bisley Lodge in Surrey it did not detract from making this a special occasion for him.

At the festive board over £700 was raised for three charities during a bumper raffle! Giving a very moving response to the Visitors Toast was one of the brethren who had travelled down from in a minibus from Surrey and whom he had known since they were both 7 years old. Both he and Ray were proud holders of the Burma Star.

The Provincial Grand Master commented that it was a remarkable coincidence that it was his 2nd time in the chair and that he was the 46th Master which doing the maths 2 x 46 = 92 which is Ray's age! He went on to say that having made enquiries with the United Grand Lodge of England, Ray was one of the oldest brothers to be installed into the chair of a lodge!

Congratulations Ray - have a terrific year as Master of a terrific Lodge!

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