W Bro. David W. Miller and RW Bro. H. Keith Emmerson. Click on the photograph to see a larger version

A well known and hard working member of our Province is W Bro. David W. Miller, GStwd PPrGJO, who was Invested as an ‘active’ Grand Steward in Mark Grand Lodge on 7th June 2011 at Freemasons’ Hall, Great Queen Street, London. On Tuesday 13th September 2011, RW Bro. Herbert Keith Emmerson, Past Provincial Grand Master of Hertfordshire, was Invested and Installed as Assistant Grand Master by the MW Grand Master, HRH Prince Michael of Kent, GCVO, also at Freemasons’ Hall. However, there is much more of a link between David and Keith than this!

During the summer, W Bro. David Miller was visiting Hemel Hempstead Lodge of Mark Master Masons No. 1291 in St. Albans, Hertfordshire. Also present was RW Bro. Keith Emmerson, who was then Assistant Grand Master designate. During an address to the Lodge, RW Bro. Emmerson turned to W Bro. Miller and said: “Of course, there is something I know that you don’t. I was made a Freemason by your father”. W Bro. Miller was shocked and, of course, delighted to hear this piece of information direct from the soon to be Assistant Grand Master.

W Bro. Miller’s father was Bro. Rodney Herbert Shaw Miller but he was better known simply as ‘Bert’ Miller. Bert became a Mark Master Mason in his late 70s, whilst he was a resident of Prince George Duke of Kent Court at Chislehurst; his Advancement taking place in The Saye and Sele Lodge of Mark Master Masons No. 309. However, it was in Craft Masonry that Bert Miller and Keith Emmerson first knew each other.

W Bro. Bert Miller was Initiated in Cathay Lodge No. 4373 (District Grand Lodge of Hong Kong and the Far East), on 2nd January 1953. On returning to the UK, he joined the Lord Charles Beresford Lodge No. 2404 (Chatham)(Provincial Grand Lodge of East Kent). He became Worshipful Master in 1969. Bert went on to become the Primus Master of Mandalay Craft Lodge No. 9383 (Provincial Grand Lodge of West Kent) when it was founded and consecrated on 10th October 1990.

During Bert’s year of office as Master of Lord Charles Beresford Lodge, meetings were held monthly and he presided over many ceremonies including that when RW Bro. Keith Emmerson became a Freemason. It was just two years later that W Bro. David Miller became a Freemason and met RW Bro Keith Emmerson, who was at that time a Steward in the Lodge. Sadly, W Bro. Bert Miller has passed to higher service but W Bro David Miller and RW Bro Keith Emmerson remain members of the Lord Charles Beresford Lodge to this day.

It is a small world!

W Bro. Archibald I. Torrance, PGStwd
Assistant Provincial Grand Master

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