What is the “Divisional Sepulchre Guard”?

The Divisional Sepulchre Guard is an elite group of Worthy Knights carefully selected by the Right Illustrious Intendant General in consultation with his senior officers for the purpose of fulfilling ceremonial and ritual roles within the Metropolitan Division. It is a real honour to be a member and is the first stepping stone for recommendation for membership of the prestigious Grand Sepulchre Guard which escorts the Grand Sovereign on all his formal occasions.

The Metropolitan Divisional Sepulchre Guard consists of a Captain, a Deputy Captain, a Registrar and such number of Guards as appointed by the Intendant-General.

All members are invested by the Right Illustrious Intendant General with the insignia of the Metropolitan Division Sepulchre Guard suspended from a purple collarette. It is worn under the shirt collar at all Red Cross and KHS meetings and subsequent Festive Boards within the Metropolitan Division.

When engaged on Guard duties a sword is worn with a black scabbard. Instruction on sword drill and ceremonial duty is regularly given by the Captain or a Deputy and a rehearsal is arranged an hour prior to any meetings.

What does the Divisional Guard do?

The purpose of the Divisional Guard is to accompany the Intendant General whenever he and the Divisional Officers make the official “Team visit” to Conclaves. The Guard on duty will normally comprise four knights and the Captain and Deputy Captain.

Members of the guard are contacted by the Captain and/or Deputy Captain informing them of dates and locations of Team Visits. Each member must reply ASAP signifying their availability.

The Divisional Guard also performs the role of ‘Sepulchre Guards’ when a Conclave within the Division carries out a KHS ceremony.

Divisional Guards are expected to attend the Annual Divisional Meeting to perform ceremonial duties and, where applicable (dependant on attendance), may be re-appointed for the following year.

Who can join the Guard?

Membership of the Sepulchre Guard is open to any Worthy Knight who is a full subscribing and active member of one or more of the Conclaves in the Division. Selection as a Sepulchre Guard shows commitment to the Order and to the Division, and successful candidates are expected to be active and reliable.

Once a knight has been promoted to the rank of Most Puissant Sovereign he must cease his active membership of the Sepulchre Guard, but remains on the list of reserve guardsmen.

How can I apply?

The first step is to contact Tony Masella, the Captain of the Guard, who will discuss this with you.

P. Kt. Tony Masella,  Div. Stwd, Captain of the Divisional Sepulchre Guard(Metropolitan)

Email: tony@masella.co.uk Tel.: 0790 167 0643

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