Trevor Hills - Sixty Years in Masonry

W Bro Trevor Hills was born in Pontycymmer, Glamorgan in January 1921, and was educated at Garw Junior School and Garw Grammar School. He was a regular attender at Chapel, which was where he acquired his love of performing music through singing with his father and his younger brother John, known to all as Jack.

 

On leaving school at the age of 16 he found employment at Ocean Colliery where he, as did many others, went “down the pit”. In those days boys were paid by the collier whom they worked alongside. However, the young Mr Hills found the rewards which supposedly sweetened labour to be insufficient and he left to seek his fortune elsewhere.

 

Eight months before the start of World War 2, at the age of 18, Trevor joined the Royal Engineers. During the hostilities he first saw action in Egypt but it was in Greece on 29th April 1941 that he was taken prisoner by the Germans. Trevor was to spend the rest of the war at various Prisoner Of War camps in Greece and Austria, and finally at Stalag 383 in Bavaria.   Trevor's talents as a singer came to the fore during this difficult period, singing and performing in camp Operas and Concerts. It was here that he cut his Gilbert and Sullivan teeth, performing HMS Pinafore, The Mikado, The Gondoliers and The Yeomen of the Guard. During the last twelve months of incarceration Trevor and his comrades suffered the greatest of privations as the conditions in prisoner of war camps deteriorated. Many did not make it through, but thankfully Trevor did.

 

After the war Trevor returned to the Garw valley and joined the local operatic society. He utilised his talents and went on to join the renowned D'oyly Carte opera company in 1951 and sang to the paying public all over the world. During a tour of Scotland he was to re-unite with his brother Jack.

 

It was Jack who introduced Trevor to the Craft and he was initiated into his brother’s lodge, the Lodge of St Andrew at Perth no. 74 on 17th October 1957. Jack and Trevor are proud life members of no. 74 with over 110 years of masonic experience between them. In 2010 Trevor celebrated 50 years active Masonic membership with a visit to his mother Lodge in Perth, accompanied by several members of Old Priory Lodge.

 

In the early 1960s Trevor’s employment brought him to Milford Haven. Since moving he has worked at the Esso Oil Refinery, Milford Haven Comprehensive School, and Dowty Seals.

 

W Bro Trevor joined the Old Priory Lodge No 4331 on 16th January 1962, and became Worshipful Master of that lodge in 1968. He is now the senior Past Master of the lodge. He is always prepared to offer, in his own inimitable way, advice and assistance to the younger Brethren and to the not so young brethren.

 

Trevor will be a familiar face to those brethren who have attended Installation Meetings around Pembrokeshire in particular, as he has put his operatic training into good use in singing the Masters song at Installation Banquets. Although younger members have taken on this job in other Lodges he is still the number one choice in Old Priory Lodge.

 

Trevor has carved another niche for himself, as for over twenty years he has been responsible in preparing the temple for Lodges and Chapters meeting in Milford Haven, namely St David's and Old Priory Craft Lodge, Kensington Royal Arch Chapter, St Brides Rose Croix Chapter, and St Brides Mark Master Masons Lodge. As a rough calculation this equates to having prepared the lodge room well over 1000 times.

 

We count ourselves very fortunate in having had W Bro Trevor as a true and loyal member of this Province, and we wish him many more years of good health so that he may continue to enjoy his Freemasonry, and that we may continue to enjoy his company.

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