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Surname: MASON

Forename(s): James

Place of Birth: Howgill (near Sedbergh), Yorkshire

Service No: 5371

Rank: Private

Regiment / Corps / Service: King’s (Liverpool Regiment)

Battalion / Unit: 4th (Extra Reserve) Battalion

Division: 33rd Division

Age: ---

Date of Death: 1916-08-18

Awards: ---

CWGC Grave / Memorial Reference: Pier and Face 1 D 8 B and 8C.

CWGC Cemetery: ---


Non-CWGC Burial: ---

Local War Memorial: HOWGILL, YORKSHIRE

Additional Information:

James Mason was the son of Edward and Margaret Mason, née Shaw. Both parents were born at Dent, Yorkshire.

1881 Howgill, Yorkshire Census: Smithy - James Mason, aged 3 years, born Sedbergh, Yorkshire, son of Edward and Margaret Mason.

1891 Howgill, Yorkshire Census: Thwaite - James Mason, aged 13 years, born Sedbergh, Yorkshire. [James was employed by Elizabeth Sedgwick, Farmer.]

The British Army Service Record for James Mason exists but may be incomplete. [James joined the Army in 1896.]

British Army WW1 Medal Rolls Index Cards: Pte James Mason, 5371, L'pool R. Qualifying date [for 1914 Star]: 12.8.14. K. in A.

British Army WW1 Medal and Award Rolls: Pte James Mason, 5371, 6th [sic] KLR.

Army Registers of Soldiers' Effects: Pte James Mason, 1/5371, 4th Bn Liverpool Regt. Date and Place of Death: 18.8.16. In action. To whom Authorised/Amount Authorised: Sister - Mrs Margaret E. Slinger £7 6s. 5d. Brother - John £18 16s. 6d. Brother - Edwin £7 6s. 6d. Brother - Edward £7 6s. 5d. Brother - William S. Pte. 17th T.R. Btn. £7 6s. 5d. Brother - Thomas £7 6s. 6d.

A short biography of James 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).

Data Source: Local War Memorial


Entry in West Yorkshire Pioneer Illustrated War Record: ---


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Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: King’s (Liverpool Regiment)

Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: King’s (Liverpool Regiment)

Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: 33rd Division

Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: 33rd Division

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Surname: MASON

Forename(s): James

Born: Sedbergh, Yorks

Residence: Sedbergh

Enlisted: Liverpool

Number: 5371

Rank: Private

Regiment: King's (Liverpool Regiment)

Battalion: 4th Battalion


Died Date: 18/08/16

Died How: Killed in action

Theatre of War: France & Flanders


Data from Commonwealth War Graves Commission Records

CWGC Data for Soldier Records

Surname: MASON

Forename(s): James

Country of Service: United Kingdom

Service Number: 5371

Rank: Private

Regiment: The King's (Liverpool Regiment)

Unit: 4th Bn.



Died Date: 18/08/1916

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‘The Westmorland Gazette’ (9 September 1916)

(Kindly supplied by Sedbergh & District History Society)


MASON, Pte. James. King’s Liverpool Regt., has been killed in action. He was the fourth son of the late Mr. Edward Mason, of Howgill. He joined the army about 20 years ago, and has seen much active service. He was shut up in Ladysmith, and afterwards saw much fighting during the Boer War. At the battle of Mons he was severely wounded, and on recovery he was drafted to his old regiment. Pte. Mason, who was 39 years of age, leaves one sister, Mrs. Slinger, Newbiggin, and five brothers.

‘The Westmorland Gazette’ (4 November 1916)

(Kindly supplied by Sedbergh & District History Society)


On Sunday afternoon a memorial service was held in the Parish Church for men from Howgill who have fallen in the war: Pte. James Mason, Pte. Miles Capstick, Pte. Henry Wilson, and Sec.-Lieut. Oswald Whaley, son of the late vicar of Howgill. There was a large congregation. The service consisted of part of the ordinary evening service, part of the burial service, special prayers and sermon, which the vicar ended by saying that “whilst we all sympathise with those who have lost their dear ones, we are all proud of our heroes.” At the close of the service the organist played the Dead March.




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