On Remembrance Sunday 2017, a number of members of Crescamus Lodge, their friends and family gathered at Selhurst War Memorial to lay a reef to remember those who paid the ultimate price.
The ceremony at Selhurst War Memorial is whilst not official, has been marked by local residents for the past four years. The event which is supported by the Two Brewers on Gloucester Road, Croydon, was revived by the W. Bro. Sam Norman ProvGStwd, Secretary of Crescamus Lodge in 2014, after a hiatus of 24 years after the closure of the Holy Trinity Church in 1980.
Roughly one in six of the 633 VC recipients during World War I were Freemasons. Of these, 64 were under UGLE and 43 were under Grand Lodges in the British Empire. In 2017, memorial paving stones were laid to remember their gallantry.
Following the short memorial service, those present returned to the Two Brewers for a social gathering a small libation and a sausage or bacon butty.