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For Province P0060 - Province of Dorset.

Amphibious Lodge honour local Victoria Cross winner.

As we come to the end of the Worshipful Masters year in Office we have been busy distributing the proceeds of the Brethren's fundraising efforts to the various good causes he has chosen.

The final one, being the Victoria Cross Trust. This group was chosen because they tend to the private graves of Victoria Cross winners, who for various reasons find themselves outside the care of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission. The group, based in Doncaster, travelled to All Saints Church in Branksome Poole to renovate the grave and headstone of a Royal Navy VC winner called Thomas Pride who won his VC in 1864 in Japan.

Once the work was complete, and before we arrived, the grave was draped with a Union Flag, donated by the Imperial War Museum. The WM, Lodge Charity Steward, the verger of All Saints Church and two members of the VC Trust assembled at the grave side. As Guy Aston, the leader of the VC Trust team, read out the citation of Thomas Pride VC members of his team slowly drew the flag aside revealing the refurbished grave. The verger then said a few words of blessing. It was a simple yet moving tribute to a man who had died over 120 years ago. Long may this continue.

Because of the very generous donation from the Lodge, the trust also cleaned the graves of Henry and Janet Bury along with their daughter Caroline, who were the driving force behind having All Saints church actually built. The VC Trust have also offered to renovate the grave of another Dorset VC recipient on the Lodges behalf at a later date. Another day to make you feel good.

Well done and a big thank you to all the members of Amphibious Lodge and our many visitors who's generosity through out the year have made this possible.

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