Magherally Masonic Hall

An Occasional Meeting of the Provincial Grand Lodge of Down was held at Magherally on October 2, 1926, at four o’clock p.m., for the purpose of Consecrating and Dedicating a new Hall. The Provincial Grand Lodge assembled in the old Hall and opened on the first degree with the following officers:

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Past Master's Jewel

To be elected the Master of a Lodge is the highest honour the Lodge has in its power to confer on any of its members. When the Master’s period of office is completed he is presented with a Past Masters’ Jewel by the members of the Lodge, as a mark of esteem of his dedication and service to the Lodge over the past year.

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Roll of Honour

Displayed on a board in the Lodge room are the names, rank and Regiment of those members of Lodge 203 who fought in the two great wars. This board was erected in recognition of the service that they gave.

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Half Yearly Return

Originally returns from a Lodge were made to Grand Lodge half yearly; this is now done on an annual basis. In the month of October the Lodge elects its officers for the ensuing year and the return is forwarded to Grand Lodge in Dublin for their approval. Failure to make this annual return can result in a fine or suspension of the Warrant. Shown left is the return for Lodge 203 in 1832.

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Magherally Masonic Lodge No. 203 Roll of Honour

18 members of the Lodge served in the two Great Wars.
1914 to 1918
Samuel Adair Private Royal Irish Rifles    
John Gibson Company Sergeant Royal Irish Rifles    
Ernest Gilmore Private Royal Irish Rifles    
John Gordon Sapper Royal Engineers    
Robert Houston Trooper North Irish Horse    
William Keough Petty Officer Royal Navy    
Arthur W. McGuigan Corporal Irish Regiment of Canada    
Sam. Mulligan Lieutenant Royal Irish Rifles    
Robert Scott D.C.M. Corporal Royal Engineers    
Royal Irish Rifles
Royal Engineers
Irish Regiment of Canada
Royal Irish Rifles
North Irish Horse
Royal Engineers
Irish Regiment of Canada
1939 to 1945
William Berringer Wing Commander Royal Air Force    
Joseph Burns Bombardier Royal Artillery    
William Dougan Warrant Officer Pilot Royal Air Force    
Thomas H. Hopkins Sergeant Pilot Glider Pilot Regiment    
James Jackson Leading Air Man Royal Air Force    
William McCoy Leading Air Man Royal Air Force    
Albert Smyth Corporal Royal Air Force    
Bertie Arlow Sergeant Royal Air Force    
Royal Air Force
royal artillery
Glider Pilot Regiment
Royal Air Force
Royal Artillery
Glider Pilot Regiment