Honouring the Centenary of the Armistice -
Drumhead Ceremony of Remembrance

  • Monday 5 November 2018
  • Bayside Masonic Centre

The Drumhead

The formation of a Drumhead for outdoor religious services has been known in the British Army for at least 400 years. The most primitive recorded use of the drum indicates that its prime purpose was to banish evil and undesirable spirits. At a later stage it was realised that the deep resonant note provided an ideal means of communication. By the various Drummer’s Calls many movements of an army (or a ship’s company) could be regulated. Later the bugle replaced the drum as the preferred means of communication, but some ceremonial occasions (Trooping the Colours) even today still involve the use of Drummer’s Calls.

The Purpose of the Assembly
Presented by 
WBro. LCPL Benjamin Casey Worshipful Master, United Service Lodge No. 330

Ladies, gentlemen and Brethren,

We join to pay honour to the memory of gallant men and women who served in the First World War. We especially remember those near and dear to us, comrades in service, who answered the call and who lie buried with their comrades of this and other lands, in scattered resting places across the face of this earth. Death cannot rob them of their glory, not time efface the memory of their deeds.


The Worshipful Master, Officers and Brethren of United Service Lodge No. 330 wish to acknowledge the generous support of the following:

Grand Lodge
The Grand Secretary and his staff
The Commanding Officer, 5th/6th Btn, The Royal Victoria Regiment
The Drum Corps of the Pipes and Drums, 5th/6th Btn, The Royal Victoria Regiment