Our Origins

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The White Rose Lodge No 9308 is formed from the Old Boys of The Duke of York’s Royal Military School, Dover, Kent, and Masons having an association with this School and the town of Dover.  The School was founded as the Royal Military Asylum at Chelsea on 19th June 1801 by H.R.H. Frederick Duke of York.  The School Colours were granted on the 7th September 1825 and the title was changed to the Duke of York’s Royal Military School in 1892.  On the 15th July 1909 the School moved to Dover, Kent and apart from temporary evacuation during World Wars I and II has remained at Dover.  It is situated above the cliffs of Dover a short distance from Dover Castle.  The School is for the children of all members of the Armed Forces, the children usually attending between the ages of 11 and 18.  The President of the School is H.R.H. The Duke of Kent KG GCMG GCVO ADC.  The School motto is:

“Sons of the Brave”

The White Rose Lodge No 9308 is not to be an exclusive “School Lodge” so as to be restrictive in any way.  The necessary guide for membership of the Lodge is as follows:

“Membership of the White Rose Lodge No 9308 is open to Old Boys of the Duke of York’s Royal Military School, relatives and close friends of such Old Boys, and persons having a distinct connection with the aforementioned.