Our Veterans of World War I
World War I
Three members of Twillingate Lodge are currently known to have seen active service in World War I, or the Great War as it was known at the time. They were:
Harvey Lionel Hodge: Harvey applied for admission to Twillingate Lodge on May 5, 1908. He was a 24 year old clerk of Fogo. His sponsors were Norman Gray and his older brother, Arthur H Hodge. In 1916 while in London, he enlisted in the Honourable Artillery Company of the British Army, Regimental No. 9028 and served at the front lines in France.
Tom Dorman Hodge, first cousin of Harvey Lionel Hodge, served with Royal Newfoundland Regiment, Regimental No. 2265. He served at the front in Belgium twice. Immediately after the war, he joined Twillingate Lodge on 26 Jun 1919. He identified himself as a soldier, aged 27 of Twillingate and his sponsors were Edgar Sweetland and his uncle, Arthur H Hodge.
William Archibald (Archie) Small: Private Small served with the Royal Newfoundland Regiment, Regimental No. 614 and was a member of the "First Five Hundred", or "Blue Puttees" - both names by which they were commonly known. He applied for admission to Twillingate Lodge on 7 Apr 1920 and identified himself as a lumberman from Summerford, NL. His sponsors for admission were Samuel Tulk and Charles White.
'Farewell to Brethren' Address
On Wednesday, September 30th, 1914, at Masonic Temple, St. John's, Nfld., W Bro. Hon. JA Robinson (District Grand Registrar) gave a stirring address praising Freemasons and non-freemasons alike who had volunteered for active service with the First Newfoundland Regiment.