W.Bro. George Tumbridge joined the Home Guard at the age of 16 and in 1942 he was called into the Army and was posted to the Royal Armoured Corps as a Driver/Signals Operator. In 1944 he volunteered to join the 6th Airborne Armoured Regiment, and trained on light tanks to be transported in Gliders. In 1945 he crossed the River Rhine in Germany, but his Tank was damaged on landing. He was transferred to a Scout Car and continued on to the Baltic Coast where he met up with the Russians. A few weeks later the war was over, but George does not take all the credit for that!
George was Initiated into Iceni Lodge in Essex in July 1969 and was installed as Master in January 1979. He served as Secretary, Asst Secretary, and as Master again in 1996. He was promoted to PPSGD in 1984, and to PPJGW in 1992. He was awarded the DSEM in 2007. He moved to Devon in 1995 and joined Per Terram Lodge No. 9355 but then moved back to Essex. In 2006 he again moved to Exmouth and re-joined our Lodge. In 2014 he stood in for one meeting as SD. In June 2014 was appointed SD, then SW, and now today at 91 years and 8 months is being installed as Master. He is looking forward to a successful year and subsequent appointments as IPM and Tyler.
Pictured above left (L to R) Senior Warden Tom Devin, W.Bro George Tumbridge, Installing Master Ian Holloway and Junior Warden Dai Phillips. Above right - Festive board.
Photos by Martin Heskins and George Nolan