Bro A R Davies was a member of the Lodge and the Regiment who commanded a detachment of the Regiment when it had the honour of providing the Bodyguard to His Royal Highness The Duke of York and Cornwall (later George V) who on on 9 May 1901 opened the first Parliament of the Commonwealth of Australia on behalf of King Edward VII.
The Bodyguard was chosen to represent the Army as a whole, and was comprised of the Royal Horse Artillery, The Grenadiers, the Coldstream, the Scots and Irish Guards, and the Victoria & St George Rifles; Heady company for the representatives of the Volunteer Movement.
Davies is shown on the far left hand side of the photograph below, distinguished by his officer’s sword, taken outside the Davies Street Drill Hall.
He was promoted Lieutenant on 6 January 1897, alongside his fellow officer and Lodge member Edward Vowler. He was appointed to a temporary regular Army Lieutenancy for the duration of his service on the Imperial Representative Corps on 9 November 1900.