5th (Royal Irish) Lancers

Born Q3/Q4 1869 to Frederick and Elizabeth Burridge who, by 1901, were living in Cambridge Road, Aldershot. Married for 16 years in April 1911 so married in 1895. In 1901, Elva and Kenneth are living with George's mother and father in Aldershot. Kenneth was born in Ladysmith, S.Africa so whilst George was serving in the Second Boer War, Elva and Kenneth returned to England to live with family.

Upon return from the Boer War the 5th Lancers were posted to Colchester, and in 1903 he would have been involved in the petitioning and consecration of Comrades Lodge in Colchester.

In 1906, when Eva Rosalie was born they were living in or near West Calvary Barracks, Aldershot.

Caught on the Irish Census on 2 April 1911 - living at Marlborough Barracks (House No. 4), Blackhorse Lane, Glasnevin, Dublin. Parish of Grange Gorman, George and Elva, now both aged 41, together with Kenneth (12), Eva Rosalie (4) and Muriel Elva. 1927-1958 living at 28 Little Heath, Woolwich SE7.



Regimental No. 3400. 5th Lancers: Earliest he could have joined was about 1883.


Having served in the Second Boer War he would have been entitled to the Queen’s South Africa Medal. He received that and the following 4 clasps granted on 1st April 1901: Orange Free State, Transvaal, Elandslaagte & Defence of Ladysmith and later the Cape Colony clasp. He was further awarded the Kings South Africa Medal with the 1901 and 1902 South Africa Clasps

A medal index entry for Hon Lt. and Quartermaster, promoted to Captain and Quartermaster and further Major and Quartermaster. It shows service on the British Expeditionary Force 1914 and entitled to the 1914 Star, the British War Medal and the Victory Medal (Pip, Squeak and Wilfred)


One of the 25 petitioners not named individually on the Warrant of Constitution. By the time he had joined Comrades Lodge he had at least 17 years Masonic experience. In joining Comrades, he went on to become a 50 Year Mason (56 ½ years in Comrades) and therefore an incredible 73+ years in Freemasonry overall.

Died 20th January 1960. Possibly in Norfolk

Possible death - Probate Record: BURRIDGE George Joseph of 3 The Cottages The Bell Salhouse Norfolk died 20 January 1960 Probate Norwich 5 April to George Arthur Farman Master Thatcher. Effects £3915 17s 1d.