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