Mason,Buffalo or Another?

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Daintree Lodge - History
The fifty three petitioners who formed the lodge in 1902 were drawn from either,ships of the
China Fleet and service personnel based on
Liu Kung Tao and itflourished on the island until the crisis in Europe in 1939 led to the relocation ofunits to other operational areas and the subsequent closure of the
Masonic Hall andtransfer of the lodge to Hong Kong. It successfully operated there until the Colonywas overrun by the Japanese forces in December 1941.

Following the surrender of the Japanese in 1945, the lodge was not revived alongwith the other lodges in the colony, due to the dispersal of the majority of itsmembers and there seemed no alternative but to return the warrant to Grand Lodge.However, through the efforts of past members serving
 
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The supplied link is to a Wail article(yes I know!) but I would draw your attention to the picture of the matelot in rig wearing the regalia of some kind of society. I know little or nothing about secret societies and would be interested if anyone could shed some light on which one is featured.
Chinese authorities have dug up dozens of British war graves and used the headstones for BUILDING, says son of submariner who died in 1933 | Mail Online
Thankyou for that Tiddly. If that is the case can your source shed light on the sash which says something like "ROM Queen of the fair** and there is similar writings on the big cuffs(?). As I said I know nothing about societies like the Buffs but am intrigued by this particular photo.
 

tiddlyoggy

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My mate couldn't make out the inscription on the cuffs, neither could I. He added "roll of honour" after Buffalos, doesn't mean much to me, but he generally knows his stuff. He's a fairly high ranking mason and a bit of a history buff. (no pun intended!)
 
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My mate couldn't make out the inscription on the cuffs, neither could I. He added "roll of honour" after Buffalos, doesn't mean much to me, but he generally knows his stuff. He's a fairly high ranking mason and a bit of a history buff. (no pun intended!)
There are grades (sort of ranks) the lowest being Brother, then Primo (I think) then Knight and then Roll of Honour. RoH are generally long serving lodge members. Could be Buffaloes but the rug he is standing on has some strange markings. Course if this was pre 1933 then things could have changed a lot. There were lots of RAOB military lodges around the world, my own being William Tilley in Gib in the 60s,.. :glasses6:

To add; the KOM is "Knight Order of Merit" though I would imagine the "Queen of the Fairies" to be a lodge name

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tiddlyoggy

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Wrecks, I agree with bollotom, looks like "Queen of the Fairies" to me. Perhaps a reference to the Arthurian work, The Faerie Queene?
 

RomanyRanner

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My mate couldn't make out the inscription on the cuffs, neither could I. He added "roll of honour" after Buffalos, doesn't mean much to me, but he generally knows his stuff. He's a fairly high ranking mason and a bit of a history buff. (no pun intended!)
Grand PooPaa I gather now.
 

tiddlyoggy

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Wrecks; I know. I wasn't previously aware of the Titania connection until bollotom mentioned it, after my post. Do pay attention old chap!
 
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TO, Titania, Queen of the Fairies is from Shakespeares A Midsummer Nights Dream.
The submarine depot ship HMS Titania was purchased by the Admiralty in 1915. Oddly enough, she took a flotilla of L-class submarines out to the China Station in 1921 and remained there until 1929. During the Second World War, she famously supported the X-craft miniature submarines and was broken up at Faslane in 1949.
 
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