LEST WE FORGET

The below named Brothers will always be remembered by the Members of Seacombe Lodge and all Freemasons throughout the World.

They joined their Lodges as Brothers and Served their Country, They died in the name of Freedom as Brothers and Remembered as Brothers,

at The Peace Memorial which was the Foundation for Freemasons Hall, London.

Where each Brother is remembered in the Illuminated Scroll of Honour.


Brother :- Lance Bombardier John BELSHAW. Royal Garrison Artillery

Died: 31st October 1916 – Age 33

Commemorated:

1. Memorial: Lille Southern Cemetery. A. 30.

2. Book The (1921) Masonic Roll of Honour 1914-1918. Page 116

3. Memorial: The United Grand Lodge Freemasons Hall, London. The (1933) Scroll - Roll of Honour. 56C GQS

The brother of Mrs. F.B. Hobson of Farley Cottage, Crosthwaite, Kendal, Westmoreland he was born at Great Crosby, Lancashire and enlisted at Wallasey, Cheshire.

Military :Campaigns: The First World War 1914-1918,

Unit :

57th Trench Mortar Battery RFA Y Battery

Action : The Battles of the Somme 1916

Lance Bombardier John BELSHAW Enlisted in Wallasey, into the Royal Field Artillery, 57th Trench Mortar Battery,

The brother of Mrs. F.B. Hobson of Farley Cottage, Crosthwaite, Kendal, Westmoreland he was born at Great Crosby, Lancashire and enlisted at Wallasey, Cheshire. He was a Steward of his Lodge and died of wounds on the 31st October 1918 aged 33. He is buried in Lille Southern Cemetery, France, Grave Reference I.A.30.

The Battle of the Somme 1st July - 18th November 1916 is inevitably characterised by the appalling casualties (60,000) on the first day, July 1st 1916. Having failed to break through the German lines in force, and also failed to maximise opportunities where success was achieved, the battle became a series of attritional assaults on well defended defence in depth. The battle continued officially until 18th November 1916 costing almost 500,000 British casualties. German casualties were about the same, and French about 200,000. The Somme could not be counted a success in terms of ground gained or the cost, but it had a strategic impact as it marked the start of the decline of the German Army. Never again would it be as effective whilst the British Army, learning from its experience eventually grew stronger to become a war winning army. The German High Command recognised that it could never again fight another Somme, a view that advanced the decision to invoke unrestricted submarine warfare in an attempt to starve Britain of food and material, and in doing so accelerated the United States declaration of war thus guaranteeing the eventual outcome. 287 Brethren were killed on the Somme in 1916.

Initiated 7th December 1911 Passed 4th January 1912 Raised 1st February 1912


Brother, George Henry GADD (Jnr.). Mercantile Marine, Third Engineer SS Trocas

Died: 19th January 1918 - Age: 24

Commemorated:

1. Memorial: Tower Hill Memorial. London

2. Book: The (1921) Masonic Roll of Honour 1914-1918. Page 123

3. Memorial: United Grand Lodge Freemasons Hall, London, The (1933) Scroll - Roll of Honour. 56C GQS

Military : Campaigns: The First World War 1914-1918,

Action: Naval Campaign

Third Engineer George Henry GADD Jnr. Mercantile Marine, onboard. SS Trocas,

The son of George Henry and Mary Jane Gadd of 72 Hartismere Road, Seacome, Birkenhead, Cheshire he was born at Liverpool.

He died on the 19th January 1918 aged 24 and is Remembered on the Tower Hill Memorial, London.

The SS Trocas owned by the Anglo Saxon Petroleum Company was torpedoed by the German Submarine UC23, ten miles NE FROM Skyros light on a voyage from Abadan to Salonica.

Naval Campaign is defined as to include all sea operations that do not fall within specific naval battles such as Jutland, Coronel, Falklands etc. This includes all Merchant Navy losses.

His father G.H. Gadd Snr was a petitioning and founding member of Seacombe Lodge in August 1910. His son was initiated in 1917 which is 2 years after his father resigned from the Lodge.

Brother, Lance Corporal, David William Adams MCLACHLAN 9th Battalion, The Cheshire Regiment Died: 4th November 1918

Commemorated:

1. Memorial: Wargnies-Le Grand Churchyard On North Boundary.

2. Book: The (1921) Masonic Roll of Honour 1914-1918. Page 129

3. Memorial: United Grand Lodge Freemasons Hall, London, The (1933) Scroll - Roll of Honour. 56C GQS

Lance Corporal David William Adams MCLACHLAN, Cheshire Regiment, 9th Battalion.

He was born at Greenock, Scotland and resided at Egremont, Cheshire and was Senior Deacon of his Lodge. He enlisted at Wallasey, Cheshire and was killed in action on the 4th November 1918 and is buried in Wargnies-Le-Grand Churchyard, France, on north boundary.

The First World War 1914-1918,

Unit : 9th Battalion, The Cheshire Regiment

Action The Final Advance in Picardy

17 October - 11 November 1918.

The final stage of the British advance saw them cross the Selle and the Sambre rivers, as the relentless pressure was kept on the retreating Germans. By the 11th November 1918 the British army had returned to Mons, where it all started for them back in August 1914 when it made its first contact with the Germans, and where the war stopped when the Armistice was declared on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month.

Brother:- Lance Corporal, William Lindsay OLIVER. Infantry 2nd Battalion, Scots Guards Died: 28th October 1914 - Age: 26

Commemorated:

1. Memorial: Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial Panel 11. Flanders

2. Book: The (1921) Masonic Roll of Honour 1914-1918 Pg.131

3. Memorial: United Grand Lodge Freemasons Hall, London, The (1933) Scroll - Roll of Honour. 56C GQS

Lance Corporal William Lindsay OLIVER, Scots Guards, F Company, 2nd Battalion.

The son of William Lindsay Oliver of 56 Greenwood Lane, Wallasey, Cheshire and the late Eliza Lily Oliver he was born at Liverpool and resided at Liscard, Cheshire.

He enlisted at age 14 as a Bugler into the Volunteer Battalion, The King's Liverpool Regiment and served for six years attaining the rank of Sergeant. He joined the Duke of Lancaster's Own Yeomanry for four years and he was killed in action during the first Battle of Ypres on the 28th October 1914 aged 26. He is Remembered on the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, Belgium, Panel 11.

Action : The Battles of Ypres 1914 (First Ypres)

19 October - 22 November 1914. Following the failure of the German Schlieffen Plan in August and September 1914, both sides engaged in a series of linked battles as they sought to outflank each other. The climax of these maneouvres was at Ypres in November 1914 when the might of the German Army attempted to break the much out numbered British Expeditionary Force. The political importance of Ypres, being the last town of any size in Belgium that remained in allied hands, established its importance for both sides and ensured a series of battles over four years.


The First Battle of Ypres in 1914 is characterised by a series of linked heroic stands by outnumbered British soldiers in conditions of confusion and weary endurance. The Germans never knew how close they had come to winning - at one point just the clerks and cooks were the last line of defence for the BEF. By the end of the battle the magnificent original BEF, composed of professional regular soldiers, had been all but destroyed and already the Territorial battalions were called into battle. From the end of 1914 a 'Regular' battalion was in terms of its composition little different to a Territorial or later Service Battalion. The professional soldiers had all but vanished.