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History of the Lodge - The Centenary Story

The Second World War Years

And now we come to the war years of 1939-1945.  For the first two years we carried on more or less as usual under the Masterships of Worshipful Brothers George Reginald Plater and Stanley Monks.   Attendances were small - many members had been obliged to leave Dover (nearly all the schoolmasters) - and towards the end of 1940 we had to vacate our Masonic Hall and meet at the Oddfellows' Club, Pencester Road.

Picture of the Oddfellows Hall in Dover
We used the facilities here during 1940.

We lost our Grand Lodge Officer, Worshipful Brother Felix Dickeson Bolton, Provincial Grand Treasurer in December of this year.  Worshipful Brothers Basil Pinto Humphrey, George Reginald Bennett, George Walker Hinchliffe, Percival Arthur Mills and Sydney Ernest Castle successively occupied the Chair until 1945.  Difficulties were overcome and the work proceeded.