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William MASON

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Surname: MASON

Forename(s): William

Place of Birth: Garsdale, Yorkshire

Service No: 36437

Rank: Private

Regiment / Corps / Service: King’s Own (Yorkshire Light Infantry)

Battalion / Unit: 1/5th Battalion

Division: 49th (West Riding) Division

Age: 19

Date of Death: 1917-10-12

Awards: ---

CWGC Grave / Memorial Reference: XXX. C. 13.

CWGC Cemetery: ETAPLES MILITARY CEMETERY

CWGC Memorial: ---

Non-CWGC Burial: ---

Local War Memorial: GARSDALE, YORKSHIRE

Local War Memorial: SEDBERGH SCHOOL, YORKSHIRE

Local War Memorial: SEDBERGH, YORKSHIRE

Additional Information:

William Mason (born 30 July 1898) was the son of Edward and Annie Mason, née Thompson. Both parents were born in Garsdale, Yorkshire.

1901 Garsdale, Yorkshire Census: Birkrigg - William Mason, aged 2 years, born Garsdale, son of Edward and Annie Mason.

1911 Garsdale, Yorkshire Census: Birkrigg - William Mason, aged 12 years, born Garsdale, son of Edward and Annie Mason.

British Army WW1 Medal Rolls Index Cards: Pte William Mason, 36437, Yorks.L.I. D. of W. 12.10.17.

British Army WW1 Medal and Award Rolls: Pte William Mason, 36437, 5th Yorks.L.I. D. of W. 12.10.17.

Army Registers of Soldiers' Effects: Pte William Mason, 36437, 1/5 K.O.Y.L.I. Date and Place of Death: 12.10.17. France 11 Gen. Hos. To whom Authorised/Amount Authorised: Father - Edward. £5 9s. 2d.

On the 2 February 1918 the 1/5th Bn K.O.Y.L.I. was transferred from the 49th (West Riding) Division to the 62nd (2/West Riding) Division. The battalion absorbed the 2/5th Battalion, K.O.Y.L.I. becoming the 5th Battalion.

A short biography of William 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: Craven’s Part in the Great War - original CPGW book entry

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Private William MASON

Private William MASON

Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: King’s Own (Yorkshire Light Infantry)

Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: King’s Own (Yorkshire Light Infantry)

Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: 49th (West Riding) Division

Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: 49th (West Riding) Division

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Surname: MASON

Forename(s): William

Born: Garsdale, Yorks

Residence:

Enlisted: Sedbergh, Yorks

Number: 36437

Rank: Private

Regiment: King's Own (Yorkshire Light Infantry)

Battalion: 1/5th Battalion

Decorations:

Died Date: 12/10/17

Died How: Died of wounds

Theatre of War: France & Flanders

Notes: Formerly 5/65573, 86th T.R. Battn.

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Surname: MASON

Forename(s): William

Country of Service: United Kingdom

Service Number: 36437

Rank: Private

Regiment: King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry

Unit: 1st/5th Bn.

Age: 19

Awards:

Died Date: 12/10/1917

Additional Information: Son of Edward and Annie Mason, of Birkrigg, Garsdale, Sedbergh, Yorks. Educated at Sedbergh Grammar School. (CWGC Headstone Personal Inscription: GOD TOOK HIM HOME IT WAS HIS WILL BUT IN OUR HEARTS HE LIVETH STILL)

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SEDBERGH SCHOOL ARCHIVES

(Courtesy of Sedbergh School Archive and Heritage Centre)

SEDBERGH SCHOOL REGISTER 1912

1981 – Mason, William: (Day Boy), son of E. Mason, Garsdale; born July 30th, 1898; left December, 1916. Great War:– Private, K.O. Yorks. Light Infantry. Died of wounds October 12th, 1917.

‘The Westmorland Gazette’ (17 November 1917)

(Kindly supplied by Sedbergh & District History Society)

GARSDALE

A large congregation gathered in the Garsdale Foot Wesleyan Chapel on Sunday evening, when a memorial service for Pte. William Mason was conducted by Mr. W.H. Wilson, of Sedbergh. The text was “With Christ, which is far better.” Private Mason was one of the organists. He was educated at Sedbergh School, and took his Oxford and Cambridge Schools certificate a year ago, doing remarkably well in mathematics. His intention was to get into the Civil Service Engineering Department, and he would doubtless have succeeded had not the war claimed him. He was only in France a few days before he was wounded in the head and arm, from which he did not recover. A shy, modest lad, fond of books; a student with an excellent memory and irreproachable character

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The Sedberghian. VOL. XXXVIII. NO. 6. DECEMBER, 1917 – Obituary Notes.

WILLIAM MASON

Private K.O.Y.L.I.

(Died in France, October 12th, 1917).

Mason came as a day-boy from Garsdale in September, 1912. He was placed in the First form, and when he left in December, 1916, he had climbed to the Upper VIth, a rare feat to surmount so many steps in four years! It showed him a possessor of those qualities of grit and perseverance shared by the families of Batty and Inman and other Sedberghians from that valley, where the memory of old John Dawson is still held in reverence. After joining the army in February, this year, he trained at Hornsea Camp and Chelmsford, going out to France in September. It was only his second day in the trenches, October 9th, when he was wounded during an attack under heavy fire, and he died three days later in hospital. He was only 19 last July, and the eldest son of Mr. and Mrs. Mason, of Birkrigg Farm, to whom we offer our deep sympathy.

‘The Westmorland Gazette’ (12 October 1918)

(Kindly supplied by Sedbergh & District History Society)

MASON – In loving memory of our dear son and brother, Pte. William Mason, died from wounds, October 12th, 1917; buried at Etaples Military Cemetery, France, aged 19 years.

With Christ, which is far, far better.

Sadly missed by father, mother, and George. Birkrigg, Garsdale.

‘The Westmorland Gazette’ (18 October 1919)

(Kindly supplied by Sedbergh & District History Society)

MASON – In loving memory of our dear son and brother, Pte. William Mason, who died in France, October 12th, 1917.

If thou shouldst call me to resign,
What most I prize, it ne’er was mine;
We only yield Thee what was thine,
Thy will be done.

Birkrigg, Garsdale.

‘The Westmorland Gazette’ (20 December 1919)

(Kindly supplied by Sedbergh & District History Society)

UNVEILING OF MEMORIAL TABLET

A service was held in the Sedbergh Wesleyan Chapel on Sunday evening on the occasion of the unveiling of a tablet in the chapel to the memory of the men of the Sedbergh Wesleyan circuit who made the great sacrifice during the war. The tablet was unveiled by the superintendent minister, Rev. C.H. Stanley, in the presence of a crowded congregation, and he preached a sermon appropriate to the occasion. Suitable hymns were sung, and the choir sang the chorus, ‘No shadows yonder,’ from Gaul’s ‘Holy City.’ Mrs. Stanley sang ‘These are they which came out of great tribulation,’ a solo from the same work. The Dead March in ‘Saul’ was played by Mr. H.C. Trotter. The tablet is of white marble, and bears the following inscription:–‘Roll of heroes in the great war, 1914-1919. Sedbergh Wesleyan circuit. To the glory of God and in grateful memory of William E. Armer, 7th Border Regt.; Fred Bushby, Royal Engineers; Stephen E. Handley, 2nd South Staffs.; Thomas E. Haresnape, Royal Engineers; William Mason, 13th Batt. King’s Own Yorkshires; George Middleton, 4th Australian Pioneers; John Nelson, Royal Scots; Walter Sanderson, Duke of Wellington’s; Robert E. Seddon, 11th Border Regt.; John Winn, 16th Lancashire Fusiliers. Who have given their lives for their country. Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.

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Etaples Military Cemetery

Etaples Military Cemetery

CWGC Headstone

Etaples Military Cemetery

Etaples Military Cemetery

CWGC Headstone - personal inscription

Mourning Card for Pte. William Mason

Mourning Card for Pte. William Mason

Courtesy of Sedbergh & District History Society

Mourning Card for Pte. William Mason

Mourning Card for Pte. William Mason

Courtesy of Sedbergh & District History Society

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02 November 1917

MASON – October 12th 1917, died in hospital in France from wounds received in action, Private William Mason, K.O.Y.L.I., son of Mr. Wm. Mason, Birkrigg, Garsdale, aged 19 years.

02 November 1917

GARSDALE – PRIVATE WILLIAM MASON DIES IN HOSPITAL

Mr. William Mason, of Birkrigg, Garsdale, has been informed officially of the death of his son, Private William Mason, which occurred in hospital in France on the 12th October. He died of gunshot wounds in the head and arm. Private Mason, who was only 19 years of age, was educated at Sedbergh, and was a member of the School O.T.C. He joined the K.O.Y.L.I. in February, and went out to France in September of this year. He was successful in the Oxford and Cambridge school certificates examination held in July last year.

16 November 1917

GARSDALE – In Memoriam

On Sunday there was a large congregation at the Wesleyan Chapel, when a memorial service in memory of the late Private W. Mason, of Birkrigg, was held. The service was conducted by Mr. W. H. Wilson, of Sedbergh.

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