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Harry Lyddington MASON

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Surname: MASON

Forename(s): Harry Lyddington

Place of Birth: Sedbergh, Yorkshire

Service No: 13031

Rank: Sergeant

Regiment / Corps / Service: Duke of Wellington’s (West Riding Regiment)

Battalion / Unit: 10th (Service) Battalion

Division: 23rd Division

Age: 28

Date of Death: 1916-10-08

Awards: ---

CWGC Grave / Memorial Reference: Pier and Face 6 A and 6 B.

CWGC Cemetery: ---

CWGC Memorial: THIEPVAL MEMORIAL

Non-CWGC Burial: ---

Local War Memorial: SEDBERGH, YORKSHIRE

Additional Information:

Harry Lyddington Mason was the son of John and Fanny Mason, née Lyddington. John was born at Dent, Yorkshire and Fanny at Frampton Cotterell, Gloucestershire.

1891 Sedbergh, Yorhshire Census: Mortar Pits Cottages, Soolbank - Harry Lyddington Mason, aged 2 years, born Sedbergh, son of John and Fanny Mason.

1901 Sedbergh, Yorkshire Census: 1, Mainbridge Terrace, Soolbank - Harry L. Mason, aged 12 years, born Sedbergh, son of John and Fanny Mason.

1911 Sedbergh, Yorkshire Census: Main Street - Harry Mason, aged 22 years, born Sedbergh, son of John and Fanny Mason.

British Army WW1 Medal Rolls Index Cards: Sergeant Harry L. Mason, 13031, W. Rid. R. Theatre of War first served in: (1) France. Date of entry therein: 26.8.15. K. in A. 8.10.16.

British Army WW1 Medal and Award Rolls: Sergeant Harry Lyddington Mason, 13031, 10th W. Rid. R. K. in A. 8.10.16.

Army Registers of Soldiers' Effects: Sgt Harry Lyddington Mason, 13031, 10th Bn Duke of Wellington's W. Riding Rgt. Date and Place of Death: 8.10.16 in action. To whom Authorised/Amount Authorised: Father and Sole Legatee - John. £19 0s. 5d. Father and Grantee - John. £12 0s.0d.

A short biography of Harry is included in: ‘Sedbergh and District 1914-1918 - But who shall return the children?’ Compiled by Sedbergh and District History Society. Edited by Diane Elphick (2016).

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Sergeant Harry Lyddington MASON

Sergeant Harry Lyddington MASON

Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: Duke of Wellington’s (West Riding Regiment)

Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: Duke of Wellington’s (West Riding Regiment)

Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: 23rd Division

Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: 23rd Division

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Surname: MASON

Forename(s): Harry Lyddington

Born: Sedbergh, Yorks

Residence:

Enlisted: Sedbergh

Number: 13031

Rank: Sergt

Regiment: Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment)

Battalion: 10th Battalion

Decorations:

Died Date: 08/10/16

Died How: Killed in action

Theatre of War: France & Flanders

Notes:

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Surname: MASON

Forename(s): Harry Lyddington

Country of Service: United Kingdom

Service Number: 13031

Rank: Serjeant

Regiment: Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment)

Unit: 10th Bn.

Age:

Awards:

Died Date: 08/10/1916

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‘The Westmorland Gazette’ (27 November 1915)

(Kindly supplied by Sedbergh & District History Society)

ROLL OF HONOUR – LANCE-CORPL. BENNETT, SEDBERGH

Mr. and Mrs. W.E. Bennett, of Sedbergh Station, received a letter on Wednesday morning from Corpl. H.L. Mason, conveying to them the sad intelligence that their only son, Lance-Corpl. Noel Bennett, of the Duke of Wellington’s Regiment, has been killed in France on the 19th inst. He had left a trench to bring in a wounded man when he was shot through the head by a sniper and killed instantaneously. The deceased soldier was only 19 years of age, and his death is greatly regretted. This is the first fatality among the Sedbergh men who are on active service. Much sympathy is felt with the bereaved father, mother and sister.

‘The Westmorland Gazette’ (4 December 1915)

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A SEDBERGH SOLDIER’S DEATH: MEMORIAL SERVICE

Sorrow for the untimely, but heroic, death of Lance-Corpl. Bennett, of the West Riding Regiment, only son of Mr. and Mrs. Bennett of Sedbergh Station, and respect for his bereaved parents and sister, were manifested at the memorial service in the Sedbergh Parish Church on Wednesday afternoon. As already reported, Lance-Corpl. Bennett was shot through the head by a German sniper on the 19th ult., while endeavouring to rescue a wounded comrade and carry him into the trench. The service was largely attended, almost every part of the valley being well represented. The ordinary burial service was used, and the hymns ‘Fight the good fight’ and ‘On the resurrection morning’ were sung, Mr. A.E. Thorne being at the organ. The officiating clergy were the Revs. J. Montague Cadman and H.F.D. Selby. There was a full detachment of Boy Scouts present, and the church flag hung at half-mast. The Rev. J.M. Cadman, vicar, said Lance-Corpl. Bennett was the first of their men whom they knew to have fallen. They grieved over the shutting off of a bright young life, full of promise, brave, cheerful, willing, thoughtful for others, who had endeared himself to his comrades and won the respect of his officers. The qualities which he had showed there as a Boy Scout had developed in degree. The devotion to duty and the self-sacrifice of the dead was a type and self-reflection of the great Self-sacrifice. Therefore they must not sorrow as those who had no hope. A life of full service, however brief, crowned by a death of willing sacrifice, was one which they might envy. At the end of an impressive service, the organist played the ‘Dead March in Saul,’ the congregation standing.

THE TESTIMONY OF COMRADES

Second-Lieut. Harris, A Co. of the 10th Duke of Wellington’s West Riding Regt., writing from the trenches to Mrs. Bennett on the 20th November, says: “It is with the deepest regret that I have to tell you of your son Noel’s death. It was yesterday morning that it happened. There was one of our men [Private John Cardwell] out sniping in front of our lines, when the other man out with him returned to tell us he had been hit. When your son heard this, he was out after him, but as where the man lying wounded was in a very exposed position, they saw him, and, poor chap, he was hit through the head, and death was instantaneous. Words of mine are inadequate to you in your terrible loss, but he died like a man and a soldier, trying to rescue a wounded comrade. Your son had been in my platoon ever since he joined the battalion. He was always a good worker and always of good cheer. In him I have lost one of my best men. I shall always remember him as a fearless lad. He was always one of the first to come forward on any work that was at all risky. I myself used always to want him, because he could be relied on. He was most popular with everybody. The chaplain will write and tell you where he is laid to rest. May I take this opportunity of conveying to you, his parents, my deepest sympathy and condolences.” Another letter from a comrade tells how Lance-Corpl. Bennett was buried, he and Capt. [Corpl.] H.L. Mason, another Sedbergh man, being present. A cross has been put on his grave, also his name Noel in small pieces of red brick. He lies next to the man he tried to save. The writer says that less deeds than Noel Bennett’s have been awarded the V.C.–From the chaplain, 21st November, 1915: The Rev. W.L. Henderson, chaplain 69th Field Ambulance, in the course of his letter, says:–Noel Bennett was buried in a little cemetery immediately behind the trenches. A small cross will be put up to the memory of him and the soldier who lies beside him, and the ground for ever kept sacred. The cemetery is in Northern France near the town of Chapelle d’Armentières. Both officers and men joined with him in expressing their deep sympathy. The chaplain goes on to tell Mr. and Mrs. Bennett that their son will be greatly missed by all, but that in their sorrow it will be some comfort to them to know that he died so nobly and that their sorrow is shared by others.–Mr. and Mrs. Bennett have also had letters from Private J. Tuddenham, A Co., 10th W.R. Regt., and also from Corpl. H.L. Mason, of Sedbergh, who expresses his sympathy and then describes how his friend met his death. “He was a good soldier and a good pal, always bright and cheerful even under the most trying conditions. I shall miss him greatly because we have been pals ever since I joined A Company.”–Preaching at the Vale of Lune Chapel on Sunday afternoon, the Rev. H.F.D. Selby said Noel Bennett had fought the good fight and won the eternal crown. All hearts in the parish would go out to his sorrowing parents and sister.

'The Kendal Mercury' (20 October 1916)

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SEDBERGH – SERGT. H.L. MASON

Sergt. Harry Lyddington Mason, aged 27, was killed in action in France on Sunday, October 8th. He was the elder son of Mr. and Mrs. John Mason, of Serbergh. Deceased joined the army in August, 1914, being attached to the Duke of Wellington’s Regiment, and went to the front in August, 1915. He was well known in the Sedbergh district where he was deservedly popular with all classes. Quarter-Master-Sergt. Stephenson, W.R. Regt., writing to his parents said, “It is with deep regret that I have to perform the painful duty of informing you that your son Harry was killed in the performance of his duties on Sunday, the 8th October, about 8 a.m. It might be a little consolation to know that he died instantly without suffering any pain. Harry was one of my greatest friends and most capable of Sergeants; also a great favourite with officers and men alike. Sergt. Davies wishes me to inform you that he will write as soon as he possibly can. They have had a hard time, and he is not quite himself yet.” The letter concluded with the expression of the greatest sympathy in their sudden and sad bereavement.

‘The Westmorland Gazette’ (28 October 1916)

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MEMORIAL SERVICES – Sedbergh

An impressive service was held in Sedbergh Parish Church on Wednesday evening in memory of Sergt. H.L. Mason and Private H. Clemmet, both of the Duke of Wellington’s Regt., who were recently killed in action. As the large congregation was assembling the organist (Mr. A.E. Thorne) played Chopin’s ‘Marche Funèbre,’ and the service began with the singing of the hymn ‘The Son of God goes forth to war.’ This was followed by suitable prayers, the 130th Psalm, and a lesson. The officiating clergy were the vicar, the Rev. A.H. Walker, and the Rev. H.F. Donaldson-Selby. Other hymns sung were ‘Lead, kindly Light’ and ‘Peace, perfect peace.’ At the close the organist played the Dead March in ‘Saul,’ the congregation standing, and that piece of Mendelssohn’s which is known as his ‘Funeral March.’

'The Kendal Mercury' (3 November 1916)

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SEDBERGH – MEMORIAL SERVICE

There was a large congregation in St. Andrew’s Church on Wednesday, when a memorial service was held in memory of Sergeant Lyddington Mason and Private Harry Clemmet, who have fallen in the war. The Vicar, the Rev. A.H. Walker, took the major portion of the service, and the lesson was read by the Rev. H.F. Donaldson of Selby. The special hymns were ‘The Son of God goes forth to war,’ ‘Lead kindly Light,’ and ‘Peace, perfect peace.’ At the conclusion of the service the organist, Mr. A.E. Thorne, played the ‘Dead March.’

‘The Westmorland Gazette’ (6 October 1917)

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MASON – In loving memory of Sergt. Harry L. Mason, who fell on the Somme, October 8th, 1916.

Fondly remembered by father, mother, and brother. Main Street, Sedbergh.

‘The Westmorland Gazette’ (5 October 1918)

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MASON – In loving memory of Sergt. Harry L. Mason, who fell on the Somme, October 8th, 1916, aged 27 years.

Fondly remembered by father, mother, and brother.

‘The Westmorland Gazette’ (11 October 1919)

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MASON – In loving memory of Sergt. Harry L. Mason, who was killed in the Somme battle October 8th, 1916, aged 27 years.

Ever remembered by father, mother and brother. Main Street, Sedbergh.

BRITISH BATTALIONS ON THE SOMME, by Ray Westlake (Pen & Sword Books Limited 1994)

10th (Service) Bn. Duke of Wellington’s (West Riding Regiment)

In support during attack on Le Sars (7/10). Relieved and to Round Wood on (8/10), Albert (9/10).

[Henry Lyddington Mason was killed in action on the 8 October 1916.]

England & Wales, National Probate Calendar (Index of Wills and Administrations), 1858-1966

1917

MASON Harry Lyddington of Main-street Sedbergh Yorkshire a sergeant in the West Riding regiment died 8 October 1916 in France Administration (with Will) Wakefield 12 June to John Mason ironmonger. Effects £201 1s. 11d.

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'Kendal Mercury' (20 October 1916)

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Sergeant Harry Lyddington Mason

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The Sedbergh men who gave their lives

The Sedbergh men who gave their lives

Centre panel - Top row (l-r): Corporal John Charles Leighton, Private Edwin Storey, Private Miles Capstick, Pioneer Fred Teesdale Bushby. Second row (l-r): Sergeant Harry Lyddington Mason, Gunner George Armstrong Thompson, Private Harold Hardy Pearson, Private Noel Bennett. Third row (l-r): Private Albert Brookes, Private John Giles Stainton, Private Henry James Clemmet, L/Corporal Thomas William Clemmet. Fourth row (l-r): Private Thomas Leighton Hall, Private Joseph Charles Bateman

Three-panel oil-painting, courtesy of the artist, David Hartnup

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03 November 1916

SEDBERGH – MEMORIAL SERVICE

There was a large congregation at St. Andrew’s Church on Wednesday week, when a service was held in memory of Sergeant Harry Lyddington Mason and Private Harry Clemmett, who have fallen in the war. The Vicar (Rev. A. H. Walker) took the major portion of the service, and the lesson was read by Rev. H. F. Donaldson Selby. The special hymns were ‘The Son of God goes forth to war’, ‘Lead Kindly Light’, and ‘Peace, prefect peace’. At the conclusion of the service the organist, Mr. A.E. Thorne, played the ‘Dead March’.

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26 November 1915

SEDBERGH

WAR ITEMS – Much sympathy is being expressed in the Sedbergh district with Mr. W.E. Bennett, stationmaster at Sedbergh, and Mrs. Bennett, in the great bereavement they have sustained by the death of their only son, Lance Corporal Noel Bennett, of the Duke of Wellington’s Regiment, which occurred on the 19th inst. The melancholy intelligence reached them on Wednesday morning in a letter from Corporal H.L. Mason, stating that the unfortunate young soldier had been killed on the 19th inst. when he had gone out of his trench to fetch in a wounded man. He was shot through the head by a German sniper and died instantaneously. He was 19 years of age.

20 October 1916

MASON – October 8th, killed in action in France, Sergt. H.L. Mason, of Sedbergh, aged 27.

20 October 1916

SEDBERGH’S ROLL OF HONOUR

Sergeant Harry Lyddington Mason, aged 27, who was killed in action in France on Sunday, October 8th, was the elder son of Mr. and Mrs. John Mason of Sedbergh. Deceased joined the army in August 1914, being attached to the Duke of Wellington’s Regiment, and went to the Front in August 1915. He was well known in the Sedbergh district, where he was deservedly popular with all classes.

Quarter-Master-Sergeant Stephenson, West Riding Regiment, writing to his parents, said:– “It is with deep regret that I have to perform the painful duty of informing you that your son Harry was killed in the performance of his duties on Sunday the 8th October, about 8 a.m. It might be little consolation to know that he died instantly without suffering any pain. Harry was one of my greatest friends and most capable of sergeants, also a great favourite with offices and men alike. Sergt. Davies wishes me to inform you that he will write as soon as he possibly can. They have had a hard time, and he is not quite himself yet.” The letter concluded with the expression of the greatest sympathy in their sudden and sad bereavement.

03 November 1916

SEDBERGH

MEMORIAL SERVICE – There was a large congregation at St. Andrew’s Church on Wednesday, when a service was held in memory of Sergt. Harry Lyddington Mason and Pte. Harry Clemmett, who have fallen in the war. The vicar (Rev. A. H. Walker) took the major portion of the service, and the lesson was read by Rev. H.F. Donaldson, Selby. The special hymns were ‘The Son of God goes forth to war’, ‘Lead kindly light’, and ‘Peace, perfect peace’. At the conclusion of the service the organist, Mr. A.E. Thorne, played the ‘Dead March’.

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