Ruhleben - British Masonic Internees

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Reference WMO270016

Address:

Freemasons Hall

Great Queen Street

Holborn

London

England

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Status: On subsequent site(s)
Type: Non freestanding
Location: Internal
Setting: Inside a building - public/private
Description: Board/Plaque/ Tablet
Materials:
  • Stone Marble
  • Timber Timber (any)
Lettering: Painted
Conflicts:
  • First World War (1914-1918)
About the memorial: Ward equipment was provided at the Freemasons Hospital and Nursing Home in Fulham Road, Chelsea. by Masons who survived internment at Ruhleben during WW1 and in memory of those who did not. After the closure of the hospital only the dedicatory stoneware tablet in wooden frame survives, with explanatory caption.
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Tablet: THE EQUIPMENT OF THIS WARD WAS PRESENTED / BY THE BRITISH FREEMASONS WHO WERE / INTERNED IN RUHLEBEN, GERMANY, DURING THE GREAT / WAR, 1914 TO 1918, AS A TOKEN OF THEIR DEEP / GRATITUDE TO THE CRAFT FOR THE FRATERNAL / HELP AND RELIEF EXTENDED TO THEM DURING/ THAT PERIOD OF CAPTIVITY AND DISTRESS:/ AND IN MEMORY OF THEIR FELLOW PRISONERS, / (Names) / TO WHOM DEATH BROUGHT RELEASE. / PERCY C HULL R.D.G.O. ENG: Caption: THIS MURAL TABLET / WAS REMOVED FROM THE FREEMASONS HOSPITAL & NURSING HOME / IN FULHAM ROAD, CHELSEA / WHERE IT WAS ERECTED SHORTLY AFTER THE WAR / IN THE CIRCUMSTANCES MENTIONED ON THE TABLET ITSELF. / THE BOARD OF MANAGEMENT OF THE / ROYAL MASONIC HOSPITAL / DIRECTED THAT IT SHOULD BE PRESERVED IN THE NEW HOSPITAL / AS A NOTABLE INDICATION OF MASONIC GOODWILL

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