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Cpl. Francis Maskery

British Army 9th Btn. Sherwood Foresters

from:Old Whittington, Chesterfield

(d.Aug 1915 )

Francis Maskery had served in the Navy during the Boar War. He was married in 1905 to Hilda Buck and the couple had three daughters. During WW1 Francis served in the 9th Battalion of the Sherwood Foresters. He was killed in August 1915 in Gallipoli. He left a widow with 3 young daughters.

I am his great grand daughter and in 2015 I am going to Gallipoli to see his name on the memorial there - 100 yrs after his death.


Pte. Albert Vincent Maskrey

British Army 15th Bn Royal Warwickshire Regiment


(d.24th Sep 1916)

In Memory of A V Maskrey, Private, 1450, 15th Bn., Royal Warwickshire Regiment who died on 24 September 1916 (Served as Jones). Remembered with Honour Corbie Communal Cemetery Extension.

Albert Maskrey was my Gt Grand dad. He was 22 yrs old when he died. My Nan was only 2 yrs when he died so never really knew him. She was always told he pulled the pin out of a hand grenade and it blew up straight away. He didn't pass then, he died whilst being treated. I wish I could find out more about him, and find out if he lived a day? hours? a week? It would be nice to know.


Cpl. Francis Maskrey

British Army 9th Btn. Sherwood Foresters

from:New Whittington, Chesterfield

(d.9th Aug 1915)

Francis Maskrey was born on 7th December 1883, in Whittington, Derbyshire, the son of William and Mary (Swift) Maskrey. He was one of 14 children. During the Boer War he served in the Navy. After his release he married Hilda Buck. They were married on 4th December 1905 in Chesterfield. The couple had three girls.

On 6th August 1914, Francis joined the newly formed 9th Battalion of the Sherwood Foresters. He was sent to Belton Park near Grantham to train. On 4th April 1915 the battalion left Liverpool for Gallipoli. Francis and his brother Robert made this journey. They arrived on the 6th/7th August 1915 and two days later Francis was killed. His body was never recovered or identified. He left a 18-year-old widow with three young daughters.


Cpl. A J Mason MM.

British Army 1/15th Btn. London Regiment

I have Cpl Mason's medals but know very little about him except that he was awarded the Military Medal for bravery in France.


Cpl Alfred Mason

British Army 1st Btn. Rifle Brigade


(d.1st July 1916)

Alfred Mason was my Great Uncle. I found out about him when I was researching my family tree and found out that my Grandfather Frederick Mason (his brother) survived the war serving in the Royal Field Artillery


Cpl. Alfred Mason

British Army 1st Btn. Rifle Brigade

from:Cherry Hinton, Cambridge

(d.1st July 1916)

My Great Uncle Alfred Mason joined the Rifle Brigade on 15th October 1914 before conscription became compulsory. He died on 1st July 1916 and has no known grave, his name appears on the Thievpal Memorial for the Missing.


Cpl. Alfred Mason

British Army 1st Battalion Rifle Brigade

from:Cherry Hinton, Cambridge

(d.1st July 1916)

777 Corporal Alfred Mason was my Great Uncle he enlisted in 1914. He was the son of Charles William and Catherine Mason. He was 29 years old when he was killed in action , he has no known grave but his name is on the Thievpal Memorial to the Missing.


Cpl. Alfred Mason

British Army 1st Btn. Rifle Brigade

from:Cherry Hinton, Cambridge

(d.1st July 1916)


Gnr. Bert Mason

British Army 151st Heavy Bty. Royal Garrison Artillery

from:92 Graving Dock Street, Barry Dock

(d.2nd October 1917)


Pte. Frank Mason

British Army 1st/6th Battalion Manchester Regiment

from:3 Eltham Street, Levenshulme, Manchester

(d.14th Jul 1918)

Frank Mason died age 24. He is buried in Bertrancourt Military Cemetery.


Bugler H Mason

This is an entry in a nurse's autograph book which I came across lately. It is dated 23rd November 1915 in East Leeds Military Hospital


Pte. Hambleton Mason

British Army 8th Btn. Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers

from:Birkenhead, Cheshire

(d.16th August 1917)


Spr. Henry Mason

British Army 42nd AT Coy Royal Engineers


Henry Mason with his daughter Hilda May

Henry Mason with his daughter Hilda May

Henry Mason enlisted in Shrewsbury on 1st April 1915. At that time he was 38 and worked at the local tile works. He was married with 1 daughter (a son was born in May 1915) and living in Hockley Bank, Broseley. He was noted as a Proficient Carpenter and (I believe) served with the RE until the end of the war. He was awarded the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal.

I'm his great grand-daughter and am trying to find out more about him as have no living relatives who remember him.


Pte. Henry Mason MM.

British Army 3rd Btn. Coldstream Guards

from:38A Cherry Tree Terrace, Wheatley Lane, Fence, Burnley

(d.17th Jan 1918)

Henry Mason Burnley

Henry Mason Burnley

My grandfather Henry Mason joined up aged 30 in November 1914 at Nelson, Lancashire. He was married, with five children aged under 7, and was inducted for training at Caterham shortly after his enlistment. He was posted to France on June 11th 1915.

He was killed aged 33 (died of wounds) following a gas attack. I am unaware of which battles he took part in although I have found a record, in the company diary, of an engagement on the date he lost his life which I assume relates to this attack. The location of the death is recorded as Fampoux some 3 1/2 miles west of Arras. He is buried in the Level Crossing Cemetery at Railway Crossing, Fampoux, which I have visited. I always assumed his MM was awarded for some action he took over this incident. However, earlier this year having contacted a local history society, in Burnley, they were able to supply a newspaper cutting of an interview with his widow (my grandmother) which indicated it was for some other action whilst in temporary charge of a patrol at the end of 1917. Unfortunately I have no other details. I have photographs of my grandfather in dress uniform and with a group of other volunteers at a training venue.

Editor's Note:- Private Mason was born in Manchester in 1884, the son of Henry and Isabella Mason, of Darwen, Lancashire, and the husband of Kezia Mason, of 38A Cherry Tree Terrace, Wheatley Lane, Fence, Burnley. A veteran of the Battle of Loos in 1915, the Somme in 1916 and the 3rd Battle of Ypres and Cambrai in 1917, he died of gas poisoning in a field ambulance near Fampoux. At the time of his death, news had just been received that he was to be awarded the Military Medal for actions near Cambrai on December 1st 1917.

Henry Mason Burnley

Henry Mason Burnley


Pte. James Mason

British Army 8th Battalion South Staffordshire

from:Tipton, Lancs

(d.19th December 1915)

James Mason enlisted 4th Sept 1915 in the 8th Battalion, South Staffordshire Regiment. He died at dressing station South Ypres on 19/12/1915. Cause of death not known, but this was the day that the Germans first used phosgene gas.


Pte. John Mason

British Army 2nd Battalion Northumberland Fusiliers


(d.11th Aug 1915)

John Mason aged 23 was serving with the 2nd Battalion Northumberland Fusiliers when he died on 11th August 1915. Born in Jarrow in 1892, he was the son of John and Mary Mason (nee Shorting). On the 1911 census he is recorded as John Mason age 19 General Labourer in Shipyard living with his parents ohn and Mary Mason and family at 288 High Street, Jarrow. He enlisted in Jarrow with the DLI.

John is buried in Kemmel Chateau Military Cemetery.


Pte. John Joseph Mason

British Army 23rd Battalion (Tyneside Scottish) Northumberland Fusiliers


(d.1st Jul 1916)

John Joseph Mason served with the 23rd Battalion (Tyneside Scottish) Northumberland Fusiliers. He was aged 20 when he died on 1st July 1916. Born in Jarrow in 1896 son of John George and Sarah Mason (nee Smith). On the 1911 census he is recorded as John Joseph Mason age 14 Shoemakers Errand Boy living with his parents John George and Sarah Mason and family at 33 Albert Road, Jarrow. John lived and enlisted Newcastle, he is remembered on the Thiepval Memorial and is commemorated on a Scroll with 3 names at the Baptist Church in Jarrow.


Pte. John William Mason

British Army 15th Battalion Durham Light Infantry


(d.25th Sep 1915)

John William Mason served with the 15th Battalion Durham Light Infantry, he died on 25th September 1915. Born in Jarrow, he enlisted in teh town.

John is remembered on the Loos Memorial and is commemorated on the Triptych in St. Paul's Church, Jarrow.


Pte. John Edward Mason

British Army 1/8th Battalion Worcestershire Regiment

from:Tenbury Wells

(d.9th Aug 1918)


Sgt. Leonard Mason MM.

British Army 1/5th Btn. Loyal North Lancashire Regiment


Leonard Mason Discharge Certificate

Leonard Mason Discharge Certificate

Leonard Mason was my grandfather and I remember when I was a little girl how I used to sit and polish his medals. I remember on Remembrance Sunday we would walk down to The Cenotaph in Bolton, him wearing his medals and holding my hand, for the Service of Remembrance. He was born on 27th March 1893 at Flitcroft Street, Bolton, son of Thomas and Sarah Ann Mason. He had five siblings, Florence b. 1889, John b. 1891, Samuel b.1895, Julia b. 1897 and Robert b. 1905.

He enlisted on 9th November 1914 and sailed on The Tintoretto to France on 12th February 1915 and landed the following day. Whilst in France he was promoted to Sergeant. On 14th January 1918 his name was gazetted as having been awarded the Military Medal for Bravery in the Field. This award was for his actions at The Battle of Menin Road Ridge (20 – 23 September), part of The Third Battle of Ypres 1917. At some point after being awarded the Military Medal, he was wounded and I have vivid memories of all the marks on his legs made by bullets. He was honourably discharged from the Army on 8th March 1919 and given the Silver War Badge number 450937.

Leonard married Annie Shuttleworth on 29th June 1918 at St Simon & Judes Church, Bolton. They had three children 2 boys and 1 girl. Sadly the two boys died in infancy but the one girl was my mother. My granddad Leonard Mason died on 3rd February 1969 at home in Bolton but I have wonderful memories of him and still miss him to this day.

Leonard Mason, third from right, in hospital blues with Military Medal ribbon attached

Leonard Mason, third from right, in hospital blues with Military Medal ribbon attached

Leonard Mason wearing Military Medal

Leonard Mason wearing Military Medal

Leonard Mason, far right, wearing hospital blue brassard signifying almost ready for discharge

Leonard Mason, far right, wearing hospital blue brassard signifying almost ready for discharge

Leonard Masons Medal Card

Leonard Masons Medal Card

Leonard Masons Medal Card

Leonard Masons Medal Card


Leonard "Jock" Mason

British Army Royal Horse Artillery

Leonard Mason served with the Royal Horse Artillery.

Leonard and his family in 1916

Leonard and his family in 1916


Gunner Miles Farrar Hemming Mason

British Army 40th Siege Battery Royal Garrison Artillery


(d.15th Sept 1916)


Pte R E, A Mason

British Army 19th Btn Northumberland Fusiliers

(d.3rd Sep 1917)

Mason, R, E, A. Private, 19/931, Died of wounds on 3rd September 1917.

Buried in Villers-Faucon Communal Cemetery Extension, Somme, in grave I. F. 3.

From the 19th Btn Northumberland Fusiliers Roll of Honour.


Pte. R. Mason

British Army 24th (Tyneside Irish) Battalion Northumberland Fusiliers


R Mason was wounded in July 1916


Sgt. Reginald John Mason MM.

British Army 12th (Rangers) Btn. London Regiment

Reginald Mason served with the 12th Btn. London Regiment.


Pte. Samuel Mason

British Army 13th Battalion Royal Welch Fusiliers


Samuel Mason is my grandfather. We know little of his war service, he was on the wounded casualty list dated 11/6/1918, thankfully he survived the war.


Pte. Samuel Mason

British Army 13th Btn. Royal Welsh Fusiliers

from:Birkenhead, Cheshire


2nd Lt. Stanley James Mason

British Army 7th Btn South Wales Borderers

from:Ebbw Vale, Monmouthshire

Stanley James Mason served on the Western Front from September 1915 with the South Wales Borderers and is listed as Cadet Temporary 2nd Lieutenant (on probation) from 20th of December 1917, General List R.F.C.; Aeroplane Officer from 1at April 1918; 2nd Lieutenant, Royal Air Force from 25th May 1918. He joined 60 Squadron at Boffles, France 1 April 1918

On 3rd October 1918 Lieutenant Mason flying an S.E.5 from Baisieux shot down a Fokker DV11 in flames, and on the 25th he was credited with a similar German aircraft out of control (probable) and on the 29th of the same month flying from Beugnotre shot down another Fokker (60 Squadron Records and R.A.F. Communiqué refer). The History of 60 Squadron suggests that Mason was one of "... perhaps the most prominent and succesful pilots during the British advance..."

Mason was granted a short service commission from 19th of December 1919 as Flying Officer and on 28th of August 1924 was killed piloting a single seater Snipe aircraft at R.A.F. Duxford.

Information is from the Christie's Catalogue at the sale of his medals in 1992.


Sgt. Stanley Mason

British Army 12th (Rangers) Btn. London Regiment

My father, Stanley Mason served with the 12th Btn. London Regiment.

Stg Mason's Platoon 12th London Regt in France 1918

Stg Mason's Platoon 12th London Regt in France 1918


Gnr. Stanley Mason

British Army 173rd Brigade, C Bty Royal Field Artillery

(d.21st March 1918)

Stanley Mason was aged 22 when he died. He was the son of William and Elizabeth Mason, 120 Southwoodside Road, Glasgow. He is commemorated on the Pozieres Memorial, Panel 7-10.

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