On Tuesday 5th April 2016, at Trident Lodge No. 6407, Assistant Provincial Grand Master Andrew Rainbow was pleased to present a Certificate to W. Brother John Hubert Shearman to mark his 60 years in Freemasonry.
W. Brother John was born on the 12th October 1924 in a nursing home near the Cricket Ground in West Bridgford. Sadly, his father wasn’t around for his childhood and he spent his early years with his Grandfather.
He was educated at The Bluecoat School on Mansfield Road and on leaving there went to work for Fletchers Iron Foundry in Alfred Street, Nottingham as an apprentice.
In 1941, at the age of 18, he volunteered to join the Royal Marines. This was, of course, during the war, and the Marines played a vital part. W. Brother John was only 19 years old when he landed on Sword Beach on D-Day, 6th June 1944. His war service later found him wounded in the battle for Walcherhen Island near the mouth of the River Maas in Holland. For those that don’t know, this is the island that guards the entrance to Antwerp harbour. On his recovery from this he was again back on active service in “A” troop of 41 Commando. The latter days of the war found him in Holland, raiding across the Maas.
When he was de-mobbed, at the end of the war, having reached the rank of Corporal, he went back to work at Fletchers Foundry and later went on to set up on his own business as Basford Foundry in Lincoln Street, Basford. This took him through the remainder of his working life until retirement when he sold up.
W. Brother John met his wife Mary in the 1950s – through his continued allegiance to the Royal Marines and through the Naval Association. They were married for more than 40 years, during which time his daughter, who now looks after him, was born. Sadly, Mary died in 2004 when John was 80.
As to his Masonic career, he was initiated into this, the Trident Lodge on 6th March 1956. He served as Master in 1967, appointed to Provincial Rank as PPrJGD in 1975 and rose steadily through the ranks, finally arriving at the most senior position of PPrSGW in 1998. In addition he was exalted in to the Royal Arch in Galway Chapter in 1966 and now holds the rank of PPrGScN. He has also been a member of Excelsior Lodge and a founder member of the Robin Wilson Lodge of Research. This is a long life, 91 years, well spent in the service of Freemasonry and W. Brother Rainbow was delighted to present him with his Certificate marking 60 years in the Craft.