Making Good Men Better

50 year long service certificate

Monday, 10 November, 2014

Born 10 December 1937 in Coventry he was educated at Coventry Prep., Rugby School, and Gonville & Caius College, Cambridge. Where he read Law, becoming Master of Arts and Bachelor of Law. He was married to Janet and had one daughter who now lives in Adelaide, South Australia.

In 1962 he qualified as a solicitor, later becoming first a partner and later sole partner in the firm of Raymond G. Wood & Co., in Birmingham. He sold the practice and retired in 2005.

While at Cambridge he joined literary and history societies and obtained a diploma in International Law. The contacts he made then, led to acting as a researcher in military history and subsequently as an author of military history under nom de guerre of Adrian Stewart, starting in 1975. So far ten books - twelve if allowed to include booklets.

Sports: rugby, equestrian combined training and cricket. Most successful at combined training, becoming Riding Club Individual Champion in 1964. Pressure of work led to abandonment of all except cricket by 1968, but he continued in club cricket until 2005, retiring at the same time as retiring from the law.

Since retirement he has kept busy as an honorary legal adviser to various historical, equestrian and cricket clubs or societies. Sadly, 'honorary' does not mean 'to be honoured' but 'unpaid'.

The 106th member initiated into Charterhouse Lodge during the 1964~l965 season. His father had been a member of Charterhouse Lodge and W Bro Adrian wanted to learn more about it.

He was installed as W.M. in 1975. This was the time of the Allesley problems and the Installation Ceremony took place at the Manor Hotel, Kenilworth. It was' honoured by the presence of the then Prov. Grand Master, Sir Stanley J Harley.

Appointed Preceptor of Lodge of Instruction. He cannot recall the exact date but was certainly Preceptor from1982-83. A position he held until his wife's serious illness necessitated resignation as Preceptor at the end of the 2008-2009 season. He was reappointed at the start of 2012-13 season when he was widowed.

On the 10 November 2014 W Bro Richard Barker, The Asst. PGM presented a Fifty Year Long Service Certificate to W Bro Adrian Turner, P Prov. SGW, highlighting his birth and life as a Solicitor and his many hobbies. The Lodge has received the benefit on many occasions of a lecture from him on one aspect or another of masonry.

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