George Lipscombe Matthews was a solicitor.
He married, and later rather publicly divorced Emma Florence Lewis. They had three children – Lewis Lipscombe Matthews died of peneumonia following measles at Charterhouse in 1901. George Edwin Matthews RN was a member of the Lodge and killed in the Great War. Lilian Emma Matthews married Sir Alfred Ernle Chatfield, son of Admiral Alfred John Chatfield CB. She became Lady Chatfield.
He was initiated into Strand Lodge No 1987 in 1901 and passed and raised there. He resigned in 1912. He joined Victoria Rifles in November 1907, aged 49. He filled the offices until he was elected Master Elect in March 1914. He was unable to be installed as he departed with his Regiment to India. He was re-elected in March 1918 and became Worshipful Master on 30 October 1918.
In a horrible echo of Edward Cox’s experience, the news of his son George Edwin Matthews‘ death on active service with the Royal Navy reached him and the Lodge at the Installation Meeting.
He was a Territorial Officer with the Buffs, being gazetted to the 1st Volunteer Bttn as a 2nd Lieutenant in May 1900 and promoted Captain in 1908.