Ted's 70 Years In Freemasonry
The annual Trinity Mariners' Christmas Family Luncheon was enjoyed by members and guests alike.
The highlight of the afternoon was a presentation of a seventy year's service certificate to Ted Martin. Ted had unfortunately been unable to attend the October meeting when the Provincial Grand Master had been present.
The certificate was presented privately to Ted by the Worshpful Master, Mike Goodwin (left) along with Ted's son Brendan (right).
Ted is the longest serving Freemason in the Province of East Kent having been initiated when he was 21
Ted was born in Falmouth in 1922 and served in the artic convoys during the second world war, a feat recognised by Ted receiving the Artic Star campain medal recently issued to veterans of the bitter Arctic convoys delivering aid to Russia in World War 2.
On January 17, 1942, in Convoy PQ8 just off the Kola Inlet, Barents Sea, HMS Matabele, a 5 year-old 'Tribal' Class Destroyer came abeam of Ted's ship and was struck by a torpedo from U-454 which hit a rear magazine. Ted says the Destroyer exploded in front of him and sank, all within about 2 minutes. Of her ship's compliment of 238, there were only 2 survivors.
In Masonry, Ted joined Tamar Lodge (4239) and St. Budeaux, Plymouth, Royal Arch in 1943.
Ted joined Trinity House in 1956, as a Thames Pilot, from where he retired in 1988. 50 Years at sea, as Apprentice, Officer and Pilot, a true Mariner!