Mason, H J
HERBERT JOHN MASON
Remembered with honour Great Yarmouth (Caister) Cemetery: Plot E, Row 6, Grave 302.
He originally enlisted 23 February 1907 in Watford into the 4th Battalion, Bedfordshire Militia for a term of six years: a caddie aged 18, unmarried, 5’3½” tall, of Watford Fields. He was transferred to the Scottish Rifles 25 June 1907 as Lance-Sergeant 9587. He was attached to the 23rd Battalion Manchester Regiment, and was entitled to the Victory, British War and 1914 Star medals, his qualifying date being 14 August 1914. He was awarded the Military Cross.
There is an article about Herbert in the West Herts and Watford Observer dated 15 September 1917.
Son of Eva Bathsheba (nee PICKARD) MASON of Watford, and William Willman MASON.
His parents married 4 July 1887 at Holy Trinity, Rugby, Warks. William died 17 March 1920 in Watford aged 59, and was buried 22 March in Vicarage Road Cemetery, Watford; Eva died 1931 in Bermondsey, London, aged 65, and was buried 16 January, also in Vicarage Road Cemetery.
Herbert was born 1888 in Rugby, and baptised 9 December 1888 at St Andrew’s, Rugby. He was educated at Watford Fields School, and he died in the Great Yarmouth district.
On the 1891 Census, aged 2 he lived in Rugby, with his parents and one sibling. On the 1901 Census, aged 12 he still lived in Rugby, with his parents and five siblings. On the 1911 Census, he is proving elusive – somewhere with the Army, presumably
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- Abbot's Langley Herts War Memorial (17)
- Aldbury Herts War Memorial (1)
- Aldenham Herts War Memorial (located in Letchmore Heath Herts) (8)
- All Saints Church Croxley Green Herts (12)
- All Saints Church Harrow Weald Middx (2)
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- All Saints Church Witham Essex (3)