We have found out quite a lot about his early life but so far have found few military records. His name does not appear on the War memorial outside St Paul’s Church in Rhosesmor but it does appear on the memorial stone that was built in 1924 into the wall of the church below a window.
He was born in Rhosesmor in 1898 – the reference for his birth certificate is:
Charles Douglas F Mason
The 1901 census places him aged 3 living with his family in Pehr y Voel (?) in Rhosesmor. The family consisted of Father, Joseph 29, an accountant at the lead mine, his wife Frances Elizabeth 26, Charles D 3, Doris Mabel 2 and domestic servant Harriet Jones 20.
By the 1911 census the family had grown. They were living in Prospect House, Rhosesmor. Joseph was 38 and still an accountant, Frances his wife of 15 years had been busy with a growing family. Charles Douglas Forrest was 13 and at school, Cecelia Olive was 9, Henry Neville 8, Daisy Errgain 4, Muriel Victoria 2 and there was a domestic servant, Charlotte Foulkes 24. This census form tells us that Frances had given birth to 7 children and 5 were still alive. Presumably, Doris Mabel was one of those that died as she isn’t listed in 1911.
We have that learnt that Charles Douglas Forrest Mason died aged 22 in Flintshire. The reference for his death certificate is:
Charles Douglas Forrest Mason
We have found an application for his medals dated 19/6/19 with the address Prospect House, Rhosesmor, Mold. The reference number on this card is 177858/5 This was nearly a year before he died and was possibly completed by Charles himself. We have been unable to trace which medals he was awarded.
The inscription on his grave says:
In Loving memory of
Charles Douglas Forrest
2nd lieutenant The Kings Regiment
Died 20th April 1920 age 22
Parents Joseph and Frances Mason Rhosesmor
We would welcome any help in learning more about this soldier