2019 Lecture

FREEMASONRY AND THE GREAT WAR

HOW MASONRY REACTED TO THE WAR YEARS

When Britain declared war on Germany on 4 August 1914, Freemasonry in England faced unprecedented circumstances. UGLE for the first time had to contend with the impact of a global war.

English Masonic Lodges continued to meet during the war years and the lecture and accompanying booklet account the way Freemasonry and many Lodges reacted to the conflict. Much of the information having been researched from individual Lodge Histories and Minute Books.

The lecture includes: Masonic relations with Germany before the war; Freemasons 'called to the colours'; Masonic reaction to the declaration of war; How Lodges reacted to the war years; A Victoria Cross; Brethren of enemy countries; German Lodges in England; Prisoner of
war camps; The war at sea; German air attacks.

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