1838 – The lodge is formed at Croydon, but during the 19th century moved to Sutton & Thames Ditton, but eventually returned to Croydon, where it has met for the vast majority of its history.
1850s – Bro Robert Burnaby of the lodge leaves to live in Canada. He is a key player in establishing Freemasonry in Canada, especially British Columbia.
1882 – The lodge banner is presented by the Worshipful Master, WBro C G Smith. This is now preserved in a case at Croydon Masonic Hall – the Frederick Lodge of Unity being the oldest lodge to meet there.
1901 – Bro Frederick Thomas went to South Africa to fight in the Boer War – unfortunately, the lodge records for this period are lost & nothing more is known about him.
1912 – Rev William Money joined the lodge, along with John Ibbs. Both were to lead very different lives. Money went onto be the lodge’s most senior Freemason, but Ibbs was killed in action on The Somme whilst serving as an officer in he Worcestershire Regt in 1917. Money also served on the Somme as an Army Padre.
1914-18 – Many of the brethren serve their country in World War One in many Regiments. Bro Ibbs was killed in action, as was the son of one of the members. In 1918, WBro Norman Webb was awarded the Military Cross whilst serving in the Queen’s Westminster Rifles near Arras. This makes him the highest decorated Croydon Mason. From the end of the war, lodge numbers swelled from 40 Masons to over 120.
1924 – A “perfect ashlar” stone is presented to the lodge, cut from the quarries where stone was prepared for the building of King Solomon’s Temple – the key building in Masonic ceremonies.
1938 – The lodge celebrates its centenary and a “rough ashlar” stone, cut from the pyramid at Giza is presented to the members. Both the ashlars are still used in the lodge. The new banner is presented and is used to this day in the lodge.
1939-45 – Many members of the lodge serve their country in the Royal Navy, the Army and the RAF. In 1940, Bro Charles Scott Smith serves on HMS Cumberland at the Battle of the River Plate. He was later killed in action off Dakar during Op Menace. Rev Money also suffered as his church, St Peter’s in Greenwich was so badly damaged in the Blitz, that the parish was disbanded. In 1943, the lodge suffers another casualty, when Bro Terence Fullagar (REME) died in a Japanese POW camp, after being captured at Singapore – the compasses used in the lodge were presented by his father. More brethren are awarded gallantry medals. Bro George Smith, a captain in the Merchant Navy, is awarded the OBE for bravery shown when his ship, the MV King John is sunk by a German raider off The Bahamas. Lt Commander Harding is awarded the Distinguished Service Cross whilst serving on HMS Queen Elizabeth.
1945 – Rev Money gave thanks for the Allied Victory. Bro George Smith is released from the POW camp in Germany and returns to his sea-faring life, visiting lodges in Australia and Japan. Retired Police Station Sergeant Herbert Groom returns to the lodge. He had been living in the Channel Islands during the German invasion and had been placed in a concentration camp.
1945 – Bro Bernard Bentley joined the lodge. An organ still used commemorates his 59 years in Frederick of Unity. Bernard was well known in the world of cinema – he designed the first two screen cinema in UK – the Nottingham Odeon.
1950s – The lodge numbers continue to be over 100 as men leaving the Armed Forces seek the comradeship they had enjoyed during wartime.