Rastrick Lodge and its historical connection with Henry 6th Earl of Harewood Henry George Charles Lascelles KG, GCVO, DSO,TD, JP, DL .
Mary, The Princess Royal and Countess of Harewood, Henry Lascelles, Earl of Harewood and family
Styled the Honourable Henry Lascelles before 1892 and Viscount Lascelles between 1892 and 1929. He was a British soldier, Peer of the realm and Yorkshire landowner.
His spouse was Mary Princess Royal, and through her, he was a son in law to King George and Queen Mary.
He was the Provincial Grand Master of the Province of Yorkshire West Riding when he visited Brighouse accompanied by his team to Consecrate the Rastrick Lodge 4885. This is well documented on the web site.
He revisited Rastrick Lodge on Wednesday 5th January 1938 in his masonic capacity as RW Bro The Earl of Harewood Pro Grand Master, Provincial Grand Master and Nonary Member of Rastrick Lodge. He was accompanied on the visit by W Bro Sir A Gadie Past Grand Deacon, W Bro J Worsnop PAGDC and W Bro CC Frobisher Provincial Grand Secretary an Honary Member Rastrick.
The WM W Bro N M Pilling requested the Pro Grand Master RW Bro Lord Harewood to unveil a Past Master Honours board for the combined lodges of Brighouse and Rastrick. When revealing the Honours board, he remarked it gave him a pleasure to find such harmony existing between the two lodges.
WM W Bro N M Pilling called upon W Bro H Whitehead WM of Brighouse Lodge who requested RW Bro Lord Harewood to make the presentation of a Banner to Rastrick Lodge, the banner being a gift from the mother lodge Brighouse No 1301.
Our history indicates there were some challenges in getting the banner approved, but it took its place in the Lodge in 1938 some 11 years after the Consecration.
Henry 6th Earl of Harewood assumed the role of Grand Master of the United Grand Lodge of England and Wales and its Districts and Colonies Overseas in 1942 until his sad death in 1947 This was due to the tragic death in a wartime flying accident of the then Grand Master the Duke of Kent.
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