Have Rolls of Honour been compiled of members of lodges who died in the First and Second World Wars?

A Roll of Honour containing the names of brethren who fell in the First World War was produced by Grand Lodge in 1921 based on returns submitted by Lodge Secretaries. This was published in book form and was also the basis for a parchment scroll on display at Freemasons’ Hall. The scroll contains the names of approximately 3,533 Brethren in 1,550 Lodges under the English Constitution and may be seen as part of the public tour of Freemasons’ Hall.

Following the end of the Second World War lodges were asked to complete a record of their members’ activities during the conflict and to send a copy of this report to Grand Lodge. There were some 6,000 lodges in existence at the time, but in the event less than half submitted reports and even then many reports were accompanied by a letter of apology from the Lodge Secretary because several members had omitted to return their questionnaires. In 1991, those reports which had been received by Grand Lodge were collated and a Roll of Honour, in book form, was produced. There is no permanent memorial in Freemasons’ Hall to brethren who fell in the Second World War although this printed Roll of Honour is available for consultation in the Library.