Captain Roger Myddleton Bankes-Jones was born in 1927, the elder son of the vicar of the same name of Bagshot (and previously Curate of Sunningdale) who also served in the Army Chaplains’ Dept in the Great War with two years service at the Front before resigning his commission and being recommissioned as a pilot in the RFC. He also had a younger brother Michael Bankes-Jones in the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve.
He was initiated in 1958, aged 31. Work kept him from early progress after having served as Junior Deacon, but he was installed as Worshipful Master in 1970. He then served as Secretary from 1972 to 1977. He was awarded London Grand Rank in 1979 and made an Honorary Member in 1989. He started a Lodge Newsletter which was continued by both Shipley and Archibald when they succeeded him as secretary.
A subaltern with the Regiment on an emergency commission in February 1944, he converted to a regular commission before becoming a Territorial and being promoted Captain in 1955.
Roger Bankes-Jones started the Sampford Society in the 1980s
He passed away in London aged 87 on 21 January 2012. Obituaries were featured in The Times on 30 January 2012 and Cambridge News on 31 January 2012.