“The jewel is in the form of a cross, symbolising Sacrifice, and In the centre is the winged figure of Peace clasping a Temple in its hands.
On the left and right are the dates 1914-1918, the years in which thousands of men lost their lives.
The medal is Masonic because it is suspended by the Square and Compasses attached a blue riband, the jewel symbolising the Craft’s efforts provide a Temple in memory of those brethren who died in that war”.
in 1919 Grand Lodge decided to build a new headquarters for the Craft as a memorial to the many brethren who had given their lives during that War, and an appeal was made to members of the Constitution to contribute.
Contributions were entirely voluntary and this special commemorative jewel was presented to qualifying Lodges that in total subscribed 1.3 million pounds, which was the building cost, but how much would it cost today?
There are 1,321 Hall Stone Lodges home and abroad, and their names and numbers are inscribed on commemorative marble panels in the main ceremonial entrance vestibule of Freemasons’ Hall.
As is the names of all Freemasons who died during that war.
The building was originally called the Masonic Peace Memorial, but later when World War 2 occurred its name was changed to Freemasons’ Hall.
Work commenced in 1927 and was completed and dedicated in 1933,
Although we spend £10 nowadays on a small round of drinks, the amount donated by Freemasons was high, as can be seem by the following facts that:
A top of the range “Straight 8” Wolsey car cost £199, and a chief cashier in a West End Bank was paid about 60 pence per week, and because there were 240 pence per pound, that was only 25 new pence per week!
Coming a little more up to date, when Doreen and I were married, I earned £10 per week, and we lived well on it! A bed mattress cost £10, which I remembering borrowing from a friend because my father-in-law gave us a bedroom suite where the bed had no mattress
The jewel is worn by successive Masters of Hall Stone Lodges who contributed an average of ten guineas (£10.50 in today’s currency) per member.
(Main information from the the Library and Museum of Freemasonry adapted by W. Bro Ray Grace, Lodge Chaplain, Citadel Lodge 1897)