The Mason Family

Ada Doris Hood (Mason) Barton

Birth: 11 January 1904, in Landour, Bengal, India

Baptism: 13 March 1904, in Landour, Bengal, India

Father: Charles Arthur Mason

Mother: Laura Kate (Plumbe) Mason

Ada travelled to the United States with her parents, aboard the Columbia (manifest) which sailed from Glasgow on 24 November 1919, arriving in New York on 4 December 1919. Ada Doris Hood Mason is recorded as 15 years and 10 months old, born in Landour, British India, last resident in Kingsley, England. She is described as 5' 6" tall, of fair complexion, with light brown hair and blue eyes.

Ada is also recorded entering the United States on 2 January 1930, aboard the Arcadian (manifest) which sailed from Hamilton, Bermuda on 31 December 1939. Doris A. H. Mason is recorded as aged 23, born in Landour, India. She is listed as a national of Canada, living at 11 Admiral Road, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, and is in transit in New York for three days. Doris is described as 5' 10" tall, of fair complexion, with brown hair and blue eyes.

Married: Michael Roy Barton in 1958, in Vermont, United States

Death: 1 May 1978

1911: Otterbourne, Hampshire: Ada Doris Hood Mason is aged 7, born in Wf India
1920: Mitchell Street, Cocoa, Brevard county, Florida


Amy Laura Mason

Birth: 21 December 1890

Baptism: 18 January 1891, in Nowshera, Bengal, India

Father: Charles Arthur Mason

Mother: Laura Kate (Plumbe) Mason

Death: 6 February 1891

Burial: 7 February 1891, in Nowshera, Bengal, India


Arthur Samuel Mason

Birth: 27 March 1893, in Sabathu, Bengal, India

Baptism: 25 April 1893, in Sabathu, Bengal, India

Father: Charles Arthur Mason

Mother: Laura Kate (Plumbe) Mason

Married: Louise

Notes: Arthur was commissioned as a temporary second lieutenant in the Royal Field Artillery on 18 December 1914 (London Gazette 22 December 1914 p10929) and promoted to temporary lieutenant on 4 March 1916 (London Gazette 7 April 1916 p3764). Arthur relinquished his commission on 1 October 1918, on account of ill-health caused by wounds, and was granted the honorary rank of lieutenant (London Gazette 27 September 1918 p11530).

Death: 29 October 1969, in Pompano Beach, Florida, United States

Notes: Possibly the same Arthur Samuel Mason who matriculated from Keble College, Oxford University, in 1912.

1901: High Street, Maidenhead, Berkshire
1911: Densone College, Denstone, Staffordshire: Arthur Samuel Mason, boarder, is aged 18, born in Punjab, India


Audley Charles Mason

Birth: 26 August 1894

Baptism: 5 September 1894, in Mussoorie, Bengal, India

Father: Charles Arthur Mason

Mother: Laura Kate (Plumbe) Mason

Death: 6 September 1894

Burial: 7 September 1894, in Mussoorie, Bengal, India


Charles Arthur Mason

Birth: 27 November 1858, in Waltair, Madras, India
From the Bombay Times, 18 December 1858:
"At Waltair, on the 27th Nov, the wife of Captain Mason, D A A GI of a son."

Baptism: 9 February 1859, in Vizagapatam, Madras, India

Francis John Mills Mason

Mother: Jane (Morton) Mason

Education: Balliol College, Oxford. Charles matriculated on 17 October 1877, aged 18 and was awarded the degrees of  BA in 1881 and MA in 1884.
Balliol College Register 1832-1914 p226
*Mason, Rev. Charles Arthur: b. Nov. 27, 1858; s. of Major F. J. M. Mason, Indian Army; m. Feb. 15, 1890, Laura Kate, d. of S. A. Plumbe, M.D., of Maidenhead. Issue: three sons, two daughters. Educ. St. Paul's Coll., Stony Stratford; Balliol 1877-81 (W.H.F., A.L.S.) ; 4th Mod. Hist, and B.A., 1881 ; M.A. 1884. Union Soc. Ordained d. 1881, p. 1882 ; Assist. Master and Chapl., King's Coll., Taunton, 1881-6 ; Chapl., Madras Railway, 1886-7; Eccles. Estab., Dio. of Lahore, 1887; Rawal Pindi 1889; Nowshera 1889-91; Subathu and Umballa 1892-3; Allahabad 1893-5; Chunar 1896- 7; Agra 1897-1903; Landour 1903-5; St. Mary, Benares, 1905- 7; Dio. Inspector, Lucknow, 1900-7; Hon. Canon of Lucknow Cath. 1906-9; Curate of St. Peter's, Southsea, 1907-8; Vicar of Otterbourne, 1909-13; Chapl. of St. Catharine's Home for Consumptives, Ventnor, 1913-. Address: Wollescote, Spring Hill, Ventnor, I.W.

Alumni Oxonienses: the Members of the University of Oxford, 1715-1886 vol III p924
Mason, Charles Arthur, 2s. Francis John Mills, of Waltair, East Indies, arm. BALLIOL COLL., matric. 17 Oct., 1877, aged 18; B.A. 1881, M.A. 1884, chaplain Madras railway 1886, brother of Francis W. R. 1871.

Married: Laura Kate Plumbe on 15 February 1890, in All Saints, Malabar Hills, Bombay, India
Charles Arthur Mason is recorded as the son of Francis John Mills Mason. Laura Kate Plumbe is recorded as the daughter of Samuel Alderson Plumbe.
Colonies And India 5 March 1890 p30
Mason—Plumbe.—Feb. 15, at All Saints', Malabar Hill, Bombay, by the Rev. A Goldwyer Lewis, Senior Presidency Chaplain, the Rev. Charles Arthur Mason, M.A., chaplain of Nowshera, Punjab, youngest son of Major Mason, J. P., The Firs, Warwick, to Laura Kate, fifth daughter of the late Samuel Alderson Plumbe, M.D., of Maidenhead.

Laura and Charles were engaged in June 1889.

Children: Occupation: Clergyman working for many years as an Indian Government chaplain, and later at parishes in England
Charles was assistant chaplain at King's College, Taunton, Somerset from 1881 until 1885. The headmaster at King's College at this time was George Thomson who, in 1884, married Louisa Plumbe, the elder sister of Charles's future wife, Laura Plumbe.
From 1886-7 George was railway chaplain in Madras, India and from 1887-1908 he was chaplain to the Bengal ecclesiastical establishment. He served in Dagshai, Kasauli, Meean Meer and Karachi in 1887, in Rawalpindi in 1889 and in Nowshera between 1887 and 1891. George furloughed in 1891, and served in Sabathu 1891-4. He was Joint Chaplain, Umballa, 1891-2 and 1892-3, in Allahabad, N.W.P., 1894-5, furloughed again 1895-7, served in Agra, N.W.P. from 1897 until 1903, with a furlough in 1901-2. From 1902-03 he was in Landour, N.W.P., from 1903-5, in Benares, United P. India from 1905-7. From 1906 to 1908, Charles was honorary canon of Lucknow Cathedral. After this Charles returned to England. He was of St. Peter, Southsea, Hampshire, in 1908 and the Vicar of Otterbourne, Hampshire from 1909 until 1913. In 1913 and 1914, Charles was chaplain to St. Catharine's Home for Consumptives, Ventnor, I.O.W., and he was curate of Binsted with Kingsley from 1916 to 1919. In 1922 Charles emigrated to Canada, serving on the Diocese or Toronto.

Charles wrote a number of letters to King's College, Taunton, describing his time there, which were published in the school magazine in 1942.
The Aluredian vol XVII no. 1 Lent 1942 pp33-38
  The Rev. Canon C. A. Mason is probably the best living source of information about the early Woodard period just after the School was reopened in 1880. If there are any others who can give us information on personal lines about those days, their contribution will be most welcome. Canon Mason was at Balliol College, Oxford. He was ordained in 1881 and was Chaplain at King's from then until 1885. He worked for many years in India, some of them at Rawalpindi, after which the gallant Morgan's famous merchant cruiser was named, and later became a Canon of Lucknow Cathedral. After some years again in England he went in 1922 to the Diocese of Toronto, in Canada, where he still is living at 55, Lawrence Avenue West, Toronto 12. Tel. HU. 3411.
  He has written us many letters of great interest, which will be of remarkable value in writing a history of King's if any of us can find time for that pleasant task when peace comes. We are very grateful to him for all the trouble he has taken, and we hope he will continue to search his wonderful store of memoirs and give us more accounts like those we now print.

( l ) 2nd June, 1942 :—
  I was thrilled at receiving your budget of the prospectus of K.C.T. and the four numbers of the "Aluredian." Moreover, I was astounded at all I read. You have, indeed, "grown up," compared, not only with my own time, 1881-86, but also with my short visit in 1918; when I stopped for the inside of a day between two trains on my way back from seeing my wounded son in a Plymouth Hospital.
   Of course, in 1881, September, the School was only 11 months old. You, rightly and naturally, claim a long continuity, but in October, 1880, the School had been closed for about 18 months. Canon Woodard was given to understand that there were plenty of boys ready to come back, but what parent is going to let his boys play about for an indefinite time? In the five years we nearly reached the 100, in spite of one epidemic of smallpox in the town, which did not touch us, only keeping day boys away, and then scarlet fever in the School, with a few patients: that also kept day boys away. Then about '87 the School was closed again and re-opened after about a year, I think, with its own College. Thomson did wonders during his time. I have told you about this, I think. I wrote it in a covering letter to my memoir of Rev. G. O. L. Thomson for the "Aluredian," and my words were endorsed by Dr. Liddon. In 1918 the Head was a bachelor. He occupied the two rooms on either side of the central tower. The one N.—which had been Dorrington's and then Gosnell's (Math.), which was lived in, and the one S., which was mine, kept tidy for interviews—and he slept in the room I had between the two dormitories on the first floor. Much had been done; there was a Chapel, unfinished, instead of the "tin tabernacle" of my day. (We usually had about a fortnight of hot weather in June or July, and then the altar candles, only lit on chief festivals, bowed to each other, and we had our 11 o'clock matins in the big School), there was a Chaplain: Thomson was Chaplain, and his title was "Assistant Chaplain," and some extension was made, but not much. The progress up to date is just wonderful. By the way, there had been times of anxiety. An old boy, while waiting in a parson's study, was playing with a "Crockford," and found my name and address and wrote to me. I forget his name, but he was living in the neighbourhood, I think, and was one of a Committee to try and get more boys for the School. Also, I once, I forget just when, offered myself for Chaplain. The Provost was inclined to forgive my matrimonial status, but the Fellows hesitated, as they were a bit anxious at that time. I offered to spend my days in College and to live near. So, with all these things in my memory, I was, and am, so very thankful to see the signs of real progress and stability.
  I expect you and Mrs. Unmack have a house in one of the new buildings: the old Head's house of Thomson days was, even in 1918, handed over to the Matron. There were two "Houses," the Head's, who paid a little more and got an extra supper, I think, and the School House, which was my care: the Junior Master of the day deputised for the Head where necessary. Our "staff" consisted of the Head, Dayson was called Bursar, but was only a kind of secretary, and taught a little, till he died, and was not replaced; he came from Hurst. Thomson was at Hurst, from boy up to Second Master. It was funny to me to have a brand new School with ready-made "traditions."
  I must tell you one rather amusing story. A fond-mother came to see Thomson, and, after preliminary remarks, said she heard that the bread and butter was not always fresh. T. told her the ritual employed for renewing supplies, the count, the prefect's application, and the sending of a boy to the buttery hatch. "Well, the word used was 'mouldy' " "Oh," said T., "I am so glad you said that, as it tells me exactly what happened. We have a boy who has come to us from Hurstpierpoint, where I was myself. The nickname there for a piece of bread and butter is a 'mouldy.' E.g., "we have fresh mouldies today" and he has evidently brought the name with him! "
  Another curiosity comes back to me about those two rooms by the tower. When there was a strong north wind, Gosnell was smoked out (when there was a fire) and came to see me; with a strong south wind the converse happened! I wonder if they still do this.
  There are a few hieroglyphics which I cannot follow, and perhaps, at your leisure, you could tell me. J.T.C., A.T.C., K.C.M.R.C. (index) or R.M.C. (text). XI. and XV. are obvious, but what is XLV?
  I do not know if you have any record of O.A.'s of bygone ages. Three I remember very well. (1) Clement Molony, was in the Head's House, but used to come to some short readings I had necessarily for our own House, in my room on Fridays in Lent. Molony asked to be allowed to come, and seemed interested. He was a fine character. When Thomson asked some boys in whose presence he would not use bad language, he at once said, "Molony, sir." He went to Woolwich, and joined the Garrison Artillery. I met him at Karachi in 1887, when I was officiating for five Sundays for a Chaplain on privilege leave; as he was in a tent, I put him up in the Chaplain's house. He afterwards exchanged into a Mountain Battery, offering chances of active service. He was, as a Captain, in charge of the guns in the Hausa-Nagar Expedition—I forget the date, but it was soon after our meeting. The story is told in "Where Three Empires Meet," a book I am so sorry I did not keep, for I fear it must be out of print now. The three are, of course, Britain, Russia and China. The march was most difficult, some times alongside of a mountain stream, then, when there was no room, over an adjoining hill. It is said that some German officers were jesting about "Britain's little wars"; another, I rather think Von Molkte, said, "Well, anyway, British officers don't go to the Front in first-class carriages!"
  Molony afterwards went to Africa. He was nearly eaten by a lion, as his shikari gave him a shot gun instead of a rifle, and the lion was offended. M. shammed dead, and while the lion was considering the matter, something took off his attention, and he walked off! M. was afterwards killed in action, but when and where I never heard. (2) Basil Molony, a younger brother; just a very ordinary school boy of the best type. I passed him as able to swim: but he went into the Merchant Service, and his ship went down with all hands! (3) J. M. Starky Willimott. I knew him very well and met him when he was Assistant Priest at S. Mary Magdalen, Munster Square. He became Vicar of S. Hilda's, Leeds, where he died. I paid a visit a long time ago to All Saint's, Bloxham—a School I had often played football (r.u.) against at St. Paul's, Stoney Stratford. There I met H. R. Willimott , who was Chaplain. He afterwards served in the late war. I did not suppose he would remember me, and he did not. I first met him at dinner in hall: but I wrote to him on his brother's death and had a nice letter from him from Hambridge. I gathered that he knew all about K.C.T. and had preached there in Chapel. That being so, you could get any more information about J.S.W. if you wished.
  I am sending your kind present to Gosnell, who was with me at K.C.T. He afterwards went to Tasmania to a school made from a former Theological College; I forget the name, and from there he went with his Headmaster, name gone, of New College, Oxford, to S. Peter's College, Adelaide, which I see from an Intercession Paper of the Fiery Cross, and now has 320 boys. I don't know whether I told you of the ramifications of K.C.T. personelle. G. O. L. Thomson married Lily Plumbe, daughter of the (then late) Dr. Samuel Plumbe, of Maidenhead. The eldest brother, also Samuel, and also M.D., had the practice. Two of Mr. Thomson's sisters, three rather, stayed at Taunton at various times, and I married one, Katie; Gosnell another, Annie; and Harry Thomson, Osmund's older brother, and secretary to the Agent, G.I.P.K., Bombay, the youngest, Ada. My dear wife died in 1937, here in Toronto. Lily died before Osmund Thomson, Harry Thomson died at Southsea in 1906; Ada is still alive, also Gosnell and Annie; they all lived at Bexhill-on-Sea, but were evacuated; Gosnell was, when I heard, staying at Bridgwater with one of their children. I told him about K.C.T. and that he should arrange to go and see you and say I told him. I don't know whether he has done so. He is, like me getting old, and had not been very well; but he will, I am sure, be most interested in all those documents. A nephew and piece of Osmund Thomson lived in his house for some time, sons of Harry Thomson by his first wife. Harry, the nephew, went to New College, Oxford (he was a member of the School when there), went in for I.C.S., but got the Colonial C.S., and was for many years in the Straits Settlements. He retired and was living in Southsea, his wife's early home. His house was wrecked, and then he joined up with some cousins at Torquay. One day a 'plane was returning, injured, and to lighten its cargo dropped a bomb just over their house. He, the maid serving tea, and two of the cousin's children were killed instantly and the rest injured, but not seriously, and they made a good recovery: but Harry's death was a great blow to the family.

(2) 3rd June, 1942 :—
  Yes, I know Rawal Pindi well: its chief characteristic is dust. I have a photo of a march past, in which it is almost difficult to see the troops, cavalry and R.A. for the dust. It is sad when our young men are taken, as so many are these days. It is consoling to know that character goes on and that valuable training is not wasted.
  Among old boys, there was one Polehampton, who became a priest, and did wonderful slum work, I think, in Bristol, but I am not sure. I cannot remember who told me of him; he died many years ago. He was seen dragging chairs and tables about for his needy parishioners. Then there was Arthur Holmes Gore; I knew his family well at Clifton. His father was Clerk to the Magistrates. He was a born actor, and took that up as a profession. I heard him once at the "Strand" as the Admiral in "The Flag Lieutenant." He was a Captain in the Isle of Wight Rifles, and went to Gallipoli, where he must have been killed. He was seen running about without a cap, but never seen again. He was married to an actress, and left one daughter, who was "Joan of Arc" in a travelling company. By the way, Harry Thomson, whom I mentioned in my letter yesterday, went to Winchester College from K.C.T.; I think it was when the school was closed.
  I spoke of one Dorrington, who preceded Gosnell as Mathematics Master. I recall a typical scene. Enter a day boy—his name escape me, ?Webber. I think his father was an ironmonger—"Please, sir, do you know for Mr. Dorrington?" "Talk English." "Oh, sir, you know what I mean, do you know where Mr. Dorrington's to?" By the way, this "Zomerzet" expression is very interesting to me: it is a "constructio praegnans," of Acts viii., 40. A.V was found at Azotus: but the preposition with its accusative never meant at but always to according to Liddel and Scott; so it means was carried away to Azotus and found there. How much simpler the Zomerzet "were vound to Azotus"

(3) 10th June, 1942:—
  Encouraged by your kind request , I am putting down a few little things, which may interest you. Owing to the closing of the School in 1887 or thereabout, and my own absence in India, I lost touch with nearly everyone.
  My first colleague was E. W. Dorrington, I think an Oxford man: I have entirely lost sight of him. My second was A. W. Gosnell, of whom I have written, since there is good reason why I should remember him. There were three Thomsons, from Bath. Willie (Cat Major), Cyril (Cat Minor) and "Kitten." I forget his name. I came across W. E. in 1908 or so as Vicar of Abbots Bromley, and I fancy he may be Rector of Leigh, Stoke on Trent, as it is in the Diocese of Lichfield, but I have only a "Clerical Directory," which does not give antecedents. I must tell you about some of the staff of Denstone and S. Mary's, Abbots Bromley. We had five children, and were always glad to see their school fellows in the holidays, and they became part of the family. Among Winnie's schoolfellows were Gladys Jacob (M.A., Cantab) and Alice Morris. The latter became a mistress at S. Mary's and the former a 'Master' at Denstone. The Head said the Founder would turn in his grave if he knew it, but he thought it was better to get a girl who could teach rather than a man, who could not. That was in the last war. When it came to our last two, "Bobby" and "Doris," they were respectively at Denstone and S. Mary's with "Gladys" and "Alice," as they always called them at home. I don't know what Bobby did, but D. had an arrangement whereby Alice was "Alice" out of school and Miss Morris in school! Miss Gamlin, who recently died in a good old age, would have been shocked if she had seen Doris' father kissing one of her mistresses!

The King's Blog - the "voice of Kingsley the Hampshire village" contains this gem about Charles's time as curate of Binsted with Kingsley
Mrs Barnes, writing in 1985, noted that “he lived there with his wife, two daughters, a son, a governess, cook, houseman, housemaid and parlour maid...There was good stabling and a governess cart was used by the ladies while the Vicar charged around the parish in a dogcart pulled by ‘Mustard’, a very frisky horse.”

Charles travelled to the United States with his wife and youngest child, Ada, then 15, aboard the Columbia (manifest) which sailed from Glasgow on 24 November 1919, arriving in New York on 4 December 1919. Charles Arthur Mason is recorded as 60 years and 11 months old, born in Madras, British India, a clerk in holy orders, last resident in Kingsley, England. His next of kin is his brother, Rev. Fred Mason, of The Firs, Warwick. His final destination is stated to be Boston, Massachusetts, to visit a friend, Rev. J. Powell, of Bordin Streeet, Boston. Charles is described as 5' 9" tall, of fair complexion, with white hair and blue eyes.

Charles is also recorded entering the United States on 2 January 1930, aboard the Arcadian (manifest) which sailed from Hamilton, Bermuda on 31 December 1939. Charles A. Mason is recorded as aged 71, born in Waltair, India. He is listed as a clergyman and a national of Canada, living at 11 Admiral Road, Toronto, Ontario, Canada. He is in transit in New York for three days. Charles is described as 5' 10" tall, of fair complexion, with white hair and blue eyes.

Gravestone of Laura Kate (Plumbe) Mason and Charles Arthur Mason
Gravestone of Laura Kate (Plumbe) Mason and Charles Arthur Mason in Mount Pleasant cemetery, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
photo by Kellylm posted at
Death: 21 July 1946

Buried: Mount Pleasant cemetery, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Census & Addresses:
1871: All Saints, Wandsworth, Surrey
1881: 35 St. James Square, London, Middlesex
1901: East Ferry Road, Poplar, London
1911: Otterbourne, Hampshire: Charles Arthur Mason is aged 52, born in Walt Near Madra Presidency, India
1914: Wollescote, Spring Hill, Ventnor, Isle of Wight   (Balliol College Register 1832-1914 p226)
1920: Mitchell Street, Cocoa, Brevard county, Florida
1929: 11 Admiral Road, Toronto, Ontario   (manifest of the Arcadian)
1942: 55 Lawrence Avenue West, Toronto, Ontario   (The Aluredian vol XVII no. 1 Lent 1942 p34)


Gerald Francis Mason

Gerald Francis Mason
Gerald Francis Mason
photo from The King's Blog
Birth: 30 December 1897, in Agra, Bengal, India

Baptism: 6 February 1897, in Agra, Bengal, India

Father: Charles Arthur Mason

Mother: Laura Kate (Plumbe) Mason

Education: Denstone College, Staffordshire
Gerald was sent to Denstone College in Staffordshire, in May 1910 (aged 12). Whilst at boarding school he was a Prefect, obtained his 1st XV Colours and was in the OTC. Gerald left Denstone in December 1914.

Occupation: Gerald was commissioned as a second lieutenant (on probation) in the 3rd Battalion, Hampshire Regiment, on 3 February 1915 (London Gazette 2 February 1915 p1024) and confirmed in that appointment on 20 December 1915 (London Gazette 17 December 1915 p12673). He was promoted to lieutenant on 6 April 1916 (London Gazette 8 August 1916 p7862) and seconded to the Machine Gun Corps on 10 April 1916 (London Gazette 29 August 1916 p8504), going to France that September.
The King's Blog - the "voice of Kingsley the Hampshire village" continues his story:
He was in much heavy fighting, particularly at the “push” at the Chemical Works at the Battle of the Somme on 3 May 1917 when he was wounded in five places. He convalesced at Menton where he wrote that he was “having an excellent time, being billeted in a first class hotel”. On his return to duty he was transferred to the Tank Corps but after being home on leave he was killed riding his motorbike on 1 September, at Virginia Water.

1 September 1917, at Virginia Water, Surrey, England
The King's Blog - the "voice of Kingsley the Hampshire village" continues his story:
After being home on leave he was killed riding his motorbike on 1 September, at Virginia Water. He was returning to duty.
From the Hampshire Chronicle October 1917 :
“On passing two push cycles his machine skidded on the tarred road rendered greasy by rain. As he was thrown off a motor car, driven by a RFC chauffeur, was coming along and Lt. Mason’s head came in contact with the mudguard of the car, causing a fracture of the skull and other injuries. He never recovered consciousness and died in ten minutes at Englefield Cottage Hospital.”

The Denstonian November 1917 pp14-15
Lieut. Gerald Francis Mason (Woodard) was here from 1910 until the end of 1914. He was a Prefect and obtained his ist XV. Colours. Of course he was in the O.T.C. He was gazetted to a commission within six weeks of his 17th birthday, viz., Feb. 3, 1915. He was in the Hampshire Regiment, and in a year was promoted Lieutenant. He then obtained a transfer to the Machine-Gun Corps and went to France in September 1916. He was in much heavy fighting until last May when he was wounded in five places. On his return to duty he was transferred to the Tank Corps, and his superior officer has testified to the regard in which he was held. While home on leave he was accidentally killed while riding a motor-bicycle, on September 1 — an inexpressibly sad termination to a brief career of valuable service and much promise. One of his senior officers says : " I had known him for a considerable time, having served with him in the Regiment and the Machine Gun Corps. He endeared himself to all his brother officers as well as to the men by his charming manner and good comradeship, while his skill and determination in action, especially during the attack on the Chemical Works on May 3, were most noticeable.

Gerald Francis Mason headstone
Headstone of Gerald Francis Mason
in St. Nicholas Old Churchyard, Kingsley, Hampshire
photo from The King's Blog
Gerald Francis Mason memorial Denstone College
War memorial in the chapel at Denstone College memorialising the name of Gerald Francis Mason
Buried: St. Nicholas Old Churchyard, Kingsley, Hampshire (near east end of church)
The King's Blog
The full military funeral took place in Kingsley.
“The body, in an ‘earth coffin’, provided by the London Necropolis Company, was fetched from Englefield Green Mortuary by a motor ambulance.
Opposite Kingsley Vicarage it was met by a gun carriage from the RFA, Bordon, the RFA band and a firing party from the Tank Corps…..
The Service at the Old Church and at the grave was taken by the Rev. C Mason, Curate in charge of Kingsley and father of the deceased officer.”

Gerald's name is also memorialised in the chapel at Denstone College.

1901: High Street, Maidenhead, Berkshire
1911: Denstone College, Denstone, Staffordshire: Gerald Francis Mason, boarder, is aged 13, born in "India U P Agra And Oudh Resident"


John Oscar Lawrence Mason

Birth: 12 September 1899, in Sanawar, India

Baptism: 1 October 1899, in Sanawar, India

Father: Charles Arthur Mason

Mother: Laura Kate (Plumbe) Mason

Married: Margaret Stephanie Davidson on 15 March 1928, in Karachi, Bombay, India
John Oscar Lawrence Mason is recorded as aged 28, the son of Charles Arthur Mason. Margaret Stephanie Davidson is recorded as aged 27, the daughter of John Cheyne Davidson.

The Winnipeg Tribune 23 January 1928 p10
Miss Margaret Stephanie Davidson, daughter of the Ven. Archdeacon and Mrs. Davidson of this city, is sailing, February 3, on the Olympia en route to India, where her marriage to Capt. J. O. L. Mason, of the 2nd Punjab regiment at Karachi, will take place.

Margaret was born on 26 December 1900, in Peterborough, Ontario, Canada, the daughter of John Cheyne Davidson and Fanny Maud Lewis. She died on 6 June 2004, and is buried in Saint James cemetery, Toronto, Ontario
1901: Peterborough, Ontario, Canada
1911: Peterborough, Ontario, Canada

Occupation: Army Officer.
John sailed for India on 7 February 1918, travelling through France (The Denstonian April 1918 p32), and was admitted to the Indian Army as a second lieutenant on 24 December 1918 (London Gazette 4 November 1919 p13434). He was promoted to lieutenant on 16 December 1919 (London Gazette 23 March 1920 p3541), then to captain (provisional) on 20 December 1924 (London Gazette 20 March 1925 p1957), and confirmed in that rank on 1 May 1925 (London Gazette 3 July 1925 p4457). He was promoted to major on 16 December 1936 (London Gazette 29 January 1937 p625). John was in the 3rd Battalion, 2nd Punjab Regiment of the Indian Army when he was awarded an O.B.E. on 2 January 1939 (London Gazette 30 December 1938 p8).

Notes: known as "Bobs"

Death: 3 November 1997

Gravestone of John Oscar Lawrence Mason and Margaret Stephanie (Davidson) Mason
Gravestone of Gravestone of John Oscar Lawrence Mason and Margaret Stephanie (Davidson) Mason in Saint James cemetery, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
photo by Islington posted at
Burial: in Saint James cemetery, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

1901: High Street, Maidenhead, Berkshire
1911: Denstone College, Denstone, Staffordshire: John Osker Lawrence Mason is aged 11, born in Punjab, India


Violet Grace Mason

Birth: 1901

Father: Charles Arthur Mason

Mother: Laura Kate (Plumbe) Mason

Death: 31 December 1902, aged 1

Burial: 1 January 1903 in Agra, Bengal, India


Winifred Kate (Mason) Revell

Birth: 4 October 1895, in Belper, Derbyshire, England

Baptism: 3 November 1895, in Belper, Derbyshire, England

Father: Charles Arthur Mason

Mother: Laura Kate (Plumbe) Mason

Married: Thomas Marshall Revell on 22 April 1919, in Kingsley, Hampshire, England

Thomas was born on 12 December 1889, in East Flamborough, Ontario, Canada, the son of Job Revell and Margaret Jane Haines. In his attestation papers Thomas is described as 5' 9" tall, with brown hair, hazel eyes and a fresh complexion, and notes that the 1st and 2nd joints of the index finger on his right hand are absent. His occupation is listed as a farmer. He was a gunner in the Canadian artillery during the First World War, and Winifred was his "war bride". The couple returned to Canada in August 1919 aboard the SS Adriatic.
Census and Addresses:
1891: East Flamborough, Ontario
1901: East Flamborough, Wentworth (South) district, Ontario
1915: 23 Powell Street, Guelph, Ontario   (Attestation paper)

1901: High Street, Maidenhead, Berkshire
1911: Abbots Bromley, Staffordshire: Winifred Kate Mason is aged 15, born in Belper, Derbyshire

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