Croydon Freemason Cyril Spackman was a man of many talents, including winning the design competition for the Hall Stone Jewel, as Alan Chard explains
At a special meeting of Grand Lodge in June 1919, the
Grand Master, the Duke of Connaught, expressed a wish that
a memorial be established to commemorate those brethren
who had made the supreme sacrifice in the 1914-1918 war.
It was agreed that this memorial should be a building
of a central home for Freemasonry on a site to be selected
The Masonic Million Memorial Fund was then launched
in September that year and brethren both at home and overseas
were invited to contribute to raise the £1m needed to
finance the work.
The contributions from individuals and Lodges were to
be recognised by the award of a commemorative jewel.
For the jewel design it was decided to hold an open competition
with a £75 prize for the winner, and at the Grand
Lodge meeting in June 1921 it was announced that the design
selected was that submitted by Cyril Saunders Spackman.