Plaque | War served | WW1

Freemason VCs - N1 - Addison, Belcher, Bennett

Erection date: 25/4/2017

Inscription

William Robert Fountaine Addison, 9 April 1916, Age 32, Army Chaplains’ Department, Aldershot Camp Lodge.

Douglas Walter Belcher, 13 May 1915, Age 25, The London Regiment (London Rifle Brigade), Arts and Crafts Lodge.

Eugene Paul Bennett, 5 November 1916, Age 24, The Worcester Regiment, Lodge of Felicity.

Site: Freemason VCs (21 memorials)

WC2, Great Queen Street, Freemasons' Hall

The Freemasons commissioned this memorial to mark the 300th anniversary of The United Grand Lodge of England in 2017 and the centenary of the end of the Great War in 2018. Unveiled 25 April 2017.

During WW1 628 VCs were awarded, more than 200 of those to freemasons. We do not know how the 64 names on these plaques were chosen from the 200 - possibly they all lived in London, or belonged to London lodges. 

The 20 plaques are arranged in 3 blocks (North, West, South) around the central 'Freemason VCs' plaque. Each plaque carries 3 names (some 4), in alphabetical sequence, starting in the top left of the N block, and reading down the columns in each block, so that is how we've labelled them: N1...N6, W1...W6, Z1...Z8 (using Z instead of S to get the sequence right).

This section lists the subjects commemorated on the memorial on this page:
Freemason VCs - N1 - Addison, Belcher, Bennett

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World War 1

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William Robert Fountaine Addison, VC

Awarded the VC for his heroism on 9 April 1916, age 32, while serving in the ...

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Douglas Walter Belcher, VC

Soldier. Born Douglas Walter Belcher in Surbiton. He enlisted at the beginnin...

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Eugene Paul Bennett, VC

Awarded the VC for his heroism on 5 November 1916, age 24, while serving in t...

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This section lists the other memorials at the same location as the memorial on this page:
Freemason VCs - N1 - Addison, Belcher, Bennett

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Freemason VCs

Freemason VCs

Unveiled by the Duke of Kent.

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Freemason VCs - N2 - Bent, Bloomfield, Bromley

Freemason VCs - N2 - Bent, Bloomfield, Bromley

Spencer John Bent, 1-2 November 1914, Age 23, The East Lancashire Regiment, A...

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Freemason VCs - N3 - Cator, Christie, Kennedy

Freemason VCs - N3 - Cator, Christie, Kennedy

Harry Cator, 9 April 1917, Age 23, The East Surrey Regiment, Wanderers’ Lodge...

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Freemason VCs - N4 - Collings-Wells, Cooper, Cruickshank

Freemason VCs - N4 - Collings-Wells, Cooper, Cruickshank

John Stanhope Collings-Wells, 22-27 March 1918, Aged 37, The Bedfordshire Reg...

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Freemason VCs - N5 - Dalziel, Daniels, Dean

Freemason VCs - N5 - Dalziel, Daniels, Dean

Henry Dalziel, 4 July 1918, Age 25, 15th Battalion, Australian Imperial Force...

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