The Simonward RAOB, 1959

The Simonward (St. Breward) Lodge of The Royal Antediluvian Order of Buffaloes (RAOB) are seen here at a ‘Raising’ (award ceremony) at The Old Inn.

Back Row L-R: Les Hockin, Ronnie Fox (Ireland), Unknown, Unknown, Les Williams and Bill Winn (seated).
Front Row L-R: Bunny Roper-Marshall (Landlord of The Old Inn, and also an original member of the Royal Flying Corps), Henry (Popeye) Hill, Cyril Harris and Reuben Long (Tregenna). The date 1959 has been established from remembered talk at the meeting of the fact that Oxo had been the winner of the Grand National that year!

The ‘Buffs’, as it is more commonly known to its members, is one of the largest fraternal movements in the UK. Founded in 1822 it has spread throughout the former British Empire and to other countries, including the USA. Lodges have existed onboard ships, at Army bases and at RAF bases. The Bletchley Park code and cipher establishment had a lodge at its local pub. Most lodges meet together for fellowship and mutual social enjoyment although membership within the UK requires that a man must be over 18 years of age and a ‘True and Loyal Supporter of the British Crown and Constitution’.

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Jon Arnold

Originally published as ‘One for the Archives’ in the Parish Magazine