Middlesex Mason Receives Merchant Navy Medal

(l to r) Invite to Trinity House; Roy receiving his medal from Robert Courts MP; Merchant Navy Medal ; Roy and Kate Glencross

W Bro Roy Glencross PProvGReg (Craft), PProvGSN (RA), a member of South Middlesex Lodge and Chapter, Nos 858, was recently presented with the Merchant Navy Medal for Meritorious Service.

In the honours structure this award ranks with the British Empire Medal (BEM).

This was a great surprise to Roy and his investiture took place on the 7th December 2021 at Trinity House, opposite the Tower of London, in the City of London.

What is even more special about this award is that it is given to no more than 20 recipients each year.

The medal is awarded to individuals who are serving, or have served, in the Merchant Navy or the fishing fleets of the United Kingdom, the Isle of Man, and the Channel Islands.

They must have shown devotion to duty and exemplary service and outstanding example to others.

The Medal was presented by the Minister for Maritime, Robert Courts MP.

After serving 6 years in the Merchant Navy, Roy joined the Fire Brigade and gave service until an injury led to early retirement.

Having moved to Lincolnshire in 1999 he joined the Merchant Navy Association, a voluntary and charitable organisation locally.

This was in 2008 and he swiftly became Treasurer and then Branch Chairman in 2021.

Later in 2012 he became the National Membership Secretary for the Merchant Navy Association.

There was obviously salt water in Roy’s veins as his father had served in the Royal Navy on HMS Dorset in the 2nd World War which was sunk off Malta in 1942 during Operation Pedestal.


In between W Bro Roy had become a Freemason and was Initiated in November 1987 in South Middlesex Lodge, No. 858.

Royal Arch followed relatively quickly and he was exalted in 1989 as a Royal Arch Mason.

In the Craft he has been Worshipful Master of the Lodge 3 times and was First Principal of Chapter in 2000.

He also enjoys membership of Middlesex Installed Masters Lodge, No. 3420 and Middlesex First Principals Chapter, No. 3420.

Although Roy moved away from the south to Lincolnshire, he remained loyal to his masonic roots in Middlesex and continues his memberships even though this means a long drive.

He enjoys his Freemasonry and is a member of a number of other Masonic Orders where he holds high office at Provincial level.

As his Lodge Secretary, W Bro Tom D’Souza, has said, “If he puts only half the commitment he puts into Masonry into his Merchant Navy Association duties, it is no wonder he was awarded the Merchant Navy Medal.”

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