PFL 9393

Pegasus Forces Lodge 9393

Patron of the Royal Masonic Benevolent Institution

Pegasus Forces Lodge was Consecrated on 5th December 1990
at Edward Street Temple, Aldershot. Hampshire.

The Founders - Consecration
The First Eight Years 1991 - 99
The Decade 2000 - 09
The Period 2010 to date
Family Tree - In Conclusion - Military Units
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Family Tree

Lodge of Economy No. 70
(Date of Warrant 1761)
Panmure Lodge No. 723
(Date of Warrant 1857)
Aldershot Camp Lodge No. 1331
(Date of Warrant 1870)
Aldershot Army and Navy Lodge No. 1971
(Date of Warrant 1882)
Pegasus Forces Lodge No. 9393
(Date of Warrant 1990)

In Conclusion

At the time of publication the Lodge has increased its membership from its original 27 Founders to 50 Brethren. In 25 years 65 new Masons have been initiated, 67 Joining Members have been recruited and four Brethren have re-joined having previously resigned. In addition honorary membership has been conferred on 12 distinguished Masons. Nine of the Founders remain as Members and one as an Honorary Member, the senior subscribing Member being W.Bro. R.J. Dachtler P.Pr.G.St.B., P.M., the Lodge’s Founding Junior Warden. The senior Past Master is W Bro G.W.D. Stow P.Pr.J.G.D., P.M., who was installed in 1994 and the senior Honorary Member is R.W.Bro. B.C. Bellinger P.Pr.G.M., who was elected in February 2002.

Two of the Founders were Grand Officers, two Members have been appointed to Grand rank, one Joining Member was a Grand Officer and another was a Past Grand Steward at the time they became Members. Two of the Founders, W.Bros Ernie Calley and Charles Bailey and the Lodge’s Honorary Organist, W,Bro. Skip Attree have been appointed as P.Pr.S.G.Ws, a rare honour in the Province of Hampshire and Isle of Wight at the time they received the rank.
The Lodge still continues to delight its Members with a brand of Masonry that is unique to Airborne soldiers. It prides itself on the standard of its ritual and ceremonial and yet always provides a relaxed environment in which to enjoy the company of long standing comrades.

The Author is confident that the Lodge stands poised to move forward with confidence in the new climate of Masonic openness.

Military Units in which Members served

1st Airborne Division (1)
1st Air Landing Brigade (South Staffordshire) 1 A/L. Bde (S.Staffs) 5th (2) (Scottish) Battalion the Parachute Regiment 5 (Scottish) Para. 11th Battalion the Parachute Regiment 11 Para. 156th Battalion the Parachute Regiment 156 Para. 1st Airborne Division Reconnaissance Squadron 1 A/B. Recce Sqn 1st Airborne Division Royal Signals 1 A/B. R.Sigs 1st Airborne Division Provost Company Royal Corps of Military Police 1 A/B. R.C.M.P.

6th Airborne Division (3)
7th (Light Infantry) Battalion the Parachute Regiment (4) 7 (L.I.) Para. 8th (Warwickshire) Battalion the Parachute Regiment (5) 8 Para. 9th (Essex) Battalion the Parachute Regiment (6) 9 Para. 6th Airborne Divisional Workshop Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers 6 A/B. Wksp R.E.M.E. 6th Airborne Division Royal Signals 6 A/B. R.Sigs

16th Independent Parachute Brigade (7)
(The number was incorporated from 1st and 6th Airborne Divisions )
Depot the Parachute Regiment Dep. Para. 1st Battalion the Parachute Regiment 1 Para. 2nd Battalion the Parachute Regiment 2 Para. 3rd Battalion the Parachute Regiment 3 Para. 7th Parachute Regiment Royal Horse Artillery 7 Para. R.H.A. 33rd Airborne (Light) Regiment Royal Artillery 33 A/B. (Light) R.A. Parachute Squadron Household Cavalry Para. Sqn H.Cav. No.1 (Guards) Independent Parachute Company 1 (Gds) Ind. Para. Coy 23rd Parachute Field Ambulance 23 P.F.A.

(1) Formed in October 1941 and disbanded in November 1945.
(2) Formed from the 7th Bn The Queen’s Own Cameron Highlanders in 1942. The forerunner of 2 Para.
(3) Formed in April 1943 and disbanded in February 1948.
(4) Formed from the 10th Bn The Somerset Light Infantry in 1942.
(5) Formed from the 13th Bn The Royal Warwickshire Regiment in 1943.
(6) Formed from the 10th Bn The Essex Regiment in 1942.
(7) Formed on the disbandment of the 6th Airborne Division in February 1948.
(8) Became 16 Air Assault Brigade (16 A.A.B.) in 1999.

16 Parachute Brigade Workshops Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers 16 Para.Wksp R.E.M.E. 216th Parachute Signals Squadron 216 Para. Sigs Sqn 63rd Parachute Squadron Royal Corps of Transport 63 Para. Sqn R.C.T. 16 Parachute Brigade Provost Company Royal Corps of Military Police 16 Para. R.C.M.P. 16 Parachute Brigade Army Physical Training Corps 16 Para. A.P.T.C. 16 Air Assault Brigade Adjutant’s General Corps 16 A.A.Bde A.G.C.

Other Airborne Units
4th Battalion the Parachute Regiment (Territorial Army) 4 Para. (T.A.) 10th (City of London) Battalion the Parachute Regiment (Territorial Army)# 10 Para. (T.A.) 15th (Scottish Volunteer) Battalion the Parachute Regiment 15 (Scottish V.) Para. 16th (Welsh) Battalion the Parachute Regiment (Territorial Army)# 16 (Welsh) Para. (T.A.) Parachute Squadron Royal Armoured Corps Para. Sqn R.A.C. 9th Parachute Squadron Royal Engineers 9 Para. Sqn R.E. 301st Squadron 131st Parachute Regiment Royal Engineers (Territorial Army) 301 Sqn 131 Para. Regt R.E (T.A.) Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers Army Air Corps R.E.M.E. A.A.C. Parachute Balloon Training Company Royal Air Force Para. Bln Trg Coy R.A.F. Glider Pilot Regiment Gl.P.Regt 5th Independent (Parachute) Battery Royal Artillery 5 Ind. Para. Batt. R.A. 33rd Light (Parachute) Regiment Royal Artillery 33 (Light) Para. R.A. 63rd Parachute Squadron Royal Corps of Transport 63 Para. Sqn R.C.T. 8e Regiment de Parachutistes d’Infranterie de Marine 8 Regt Para. Inf. Mar.

Special Forces
21st Special Air Service (Artist’s Rifles) (Reserve) 21 S.A.S.
22nd Special Air Service Regiment 22 S.A.S.
Royal Engineer Chindits R.E. Chindits

#Formed from the 2nd Bn The Royal Sussex Regiment in 1943, but transferred to the City of London when it became a T.A. Unit.
Formed from 1st Bn The King’s Regiment in India in 1945, but transferred to Scotland when it became a T.A. Unit.
Originally formed from the 16th Bn The South Staffordshire Regiment in 1945, but transferred to Wales when it became a T.A. Unit.

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