Thomas Herbert Thompson (1867-1932), Inner Guard
Thomas was the fourth son of Richard Thompson above and was born in Padiham as John before him. He married Isabella Green in July 1899 and resided on Whalley Road, Billington having two daughters, Cicely (1900) and Shiela (1904). An in-depth report of his wedding appeared in the Burnley Express on the 22 July 1899.
As mentioned above, newspaper articles from around the turn of the 20th century indicate that the Thompsons took a significant interest in the life of the community of Whalley and surrounding villages contributing both financially and in kind to numerous projects of the time (see above).
Whalley’s Gang of 3
Thomas was initiated on the 1 February 1893 along with his brother John (above) and Alfred Maill Hanson into Red Rose of Lancaster Lodge, No. 1504. This would be the start of a long Masonic friendship between all three gentlemen as they followed each other through the offices of both their Mother Lodge and Abbey Lodge. All three were founders of Abbey Chapter and again followed each other in the same sequence through the Chapter Offices.
As an Abbey Lodge member Thomas followed his brother John into the Master’s Chair in May 1901. He was Worshipful Master of his Mother Lodge, Red Rose of Lancaster, No. 1504 in 1903. He returned to the Abbey Lodge Master’s Chair in 1922 the same year he received the same Provincial Honours as both his father and brother in the form of the office of Past Provincial Grand Warden.
On 5 September 1923 he received on behalf of Abbey Lodge the Hall Stone Jewel from the Pro Grand Master at the first-ever Grand Lodge held outside of London held at St. George’s Hall, Liverpool. The significance of this Jewel is outlined elsewhere.
His Abbey Lodge Founders’ and Past Master’s Jewels are on display in the Lodge Room together with his Red Rose of Lancaster, No. 1504 Past Master’s Jewel in a display cabinet he presented to the Lodge in 1928 (to the left of the Junior Warden’s pedestal when looking at it). Like his brother above he was a Founding Members of Abbey Chapter, No. 2529 in 1914 in his case taking the office of Dept D C.
Thomas left his provided a dispaly cabinet in the Whalley Lodge Room to the Junior Warden’s right in 1928 in which his Abbey Lodge and Red Rose of Lancaster Past Masters’ Jewels are on display and shown here.
Note: There is an Abbey Lodge, No. 2529 Founders’ Jewel in the collection held by the Museum of Freemasonry attributed as belonging to W.Bro. T H Thompson. The Jewel in question is that belonging to the Founding Director of Ceremonies, W.Bro. William Bear Jnr.