Mason, Herbert John Richard

Name of Researcher / Enw’r ymchwylydd: Mavis Williams

Name of Memorial / Enw’r gofeb: Connahs Quay

Name / Enw: Mason, Herbert John Richard

Regiment/Catrawd: 10th Bn Royal Welsh Fusiliers

Service Rank and Number / Rheng gwasanaeth a rhif: Private 15186

Military Cemetery/Memorial / Fynwent milwrol: Bertrancourt Military Cemetery

Ref No Grave or Memorial / Rhif cyfeirnod bedd: Plot 1. Row K. Grave 14.

Country of Cemetery or Memorial / Gwlad y fynwent neu gofeb: France

Medals Awarded / Medalau a ddyfarnwyd: Victory & British Medals and 15 Star

Date of Death: 19th November 1916

Date and Circumstances of Death / Dyddiad ac amgylchiadau marwolaeth:

Killed in France 19th November 1916.

Herbert Mason was born in Liverpool and first appears on the 1881 census living at 14 Stour Street, Kirkdale, Lancashire, England.Herbert’s father, 49, was  Richard Mason  a warehouseman who had been born in Sedburgh, Yorkshire. Herbert’s mother was Eliza Mason 50 who hailed from  Llansintfrith, Montgomery, Wales. Their children were, Eliza 14, Lucy J 8,  Frederick  6 and Herbert  4. 

The 1891 census sees the family living in 4, Lenshall Street, Walton-on-the Hill, Liverpool, (St Mary’s). Father, Richard 59,  was a ‘Receiving Clerk’.  Mother Eliza was  59. The children were Lucy 18, Frederick 16 and a Printer’s Apprentice, Herbert  13 was a Message Boy. Alfred Stephens 24, was a Son-in-Law who was a Tobacconist. Lily Stephens was 23 and Harold Stephens, 1 was a Grandson.

The 1901 census tells us that Herbert was  married and living at 20 Hubert or Herbut Street, Walton-on-the-Hill, Liverpool . He was  24 and a ‘Miller’s Carter’. His wife,  Mary was 21. Their children were  Elizabeth J,  2  and baby William E. 3 months.

Herbert, 33 & Mary, 30 had moved to 16, Princess Street, Connah’s Quay, Flintshire by the 1911 census.  They had been married for 13 years and they had 6 children born, but 1 had died, according to their census papers.  Herbert,  was a ‘Bar Cutter’ at the Iron & Steel Works. The children listed were William Edward 10, John Richard 8, Herbert  5,  Elsie Isabel  3 and James Albert  11 months. Also in the household was William Albert Jones a  Boarder.

UK soldiers who died in the Great War 1914 -19, accessible on www.ancestry.co.uk confirms the regimental information above and adds that he was born at Toxteth Park, Liverpool and enlisted in Shotton.

Harry’s medal card also accessible on ancestry, records his medal details and also tells us that his first theatre of war was France and that he entered it on 27th September 1915.

Herbert John Richard Mason in the UK, Army Registers of Soldiers’ Effects, 1901-1929 tells us that His widow Mary was paid £2. 16s 2d on the 30th April 1917 for herself and children and then on the 11th October 1919 she was paid his War Gratuity of £9. 10s 0d.

There is an index card for Herbert (Harry ) Mason in the Flintshire Roll of Honour at the County Record Office in Hawarden. (Flintshire WW1 Index Cards Connah’s Quay F42) The regimental details above are confirmed. The address given is 16, Princess Street, Connah’s Quay, Flintshire. it adds that he served from the  12th September 1914.   He was Killed in France 19th November 1916. The card  was signed on the 22nd September 1919 by Mrs. Mason.

COUNTY HERALD 15th July 1916 – ROLL of HONOUR – MASON, Killed in Action, Private Mason, of 16, Princess Street, Connah’s Quay

MASON, H. County Herald 1st December 1916 - 2

Harry Mason is named on the Memorial Plaque in St.Mark’s Church, Connah’s Quay.