Albert Ernest Mason

Date of birth:                  1887Poppies
Place of birth:                Southampton
Service No.:                    43217
Rank:                                 Gunner
Regiment / Division:   Royal Horse Artillery and Royal Field Artillery
Battalion:                         “C” Battery 57th Brigade and 30th Brigade
Died:                                   4th September 1916 aged 30 years
Death Location:             Greece

Life before the War

Albert Ernest’s parents were Thomas Francis and Elizabeth who married in 1884. Thomas was born in Southampton  in 1853, baptized on 23rd March 1853 and died in 1927. Elizabeth nee Bessant was born and baptized in Ryde, Isle of Wight. The baptism took place on 11th September 1864.

Elizabeth was his second wife, his first  marraige was to Mary Jane Foyle in 1876, she  died in 1883. From this marriage he had 3 children:

Frederick William b.30th August 1876. Married Annie. Petty Officer with the Royal Navy, Harry b.1879 and Arthur b.1881

Thomas and Elizabeth’s children were Alfred Thomas b.1885 married 1908 Mabel Blackman d.1967, Gertrude Annie b.1889 who married Henry George Houghton in 1909, d.1920,Augustus Frank b.25th September 1890 married 1950 d.1980,Percy Francis b.1892, Leonard Gilbert b.1896,Mabel Elizabeth b.1898 who married Herbert

The London Hotel

Where his father worked

Robert Cowley, d.18th June 1953.

The 1891 and 1901 census shows Thomas was a Licensed Victualler of a pub situated at 2, Terminus Terrace, St. Mary’s Parish, Southampton.

In the census of 1911, Albert had joined the 87th Battery, Royal Field Artillery and was stationed at Minden Barracks, Deep Cut, Hampshire.

his rank is noted as Gunner and  he was single.

Albert Ernest later married Florence Mason.

War Service


Name: Albert Ernest Mason
Birth Place: St. James, Southampton
Death Date: 4 Sep 1916
Death Location: France & Flanders
Enlistment Location: Southampton
Rank: Gunner
Regiment: Royal Horse Artillery and Royal Field Artillery
Number: 43217
Type of Casualty: Died
Theatre of War: Western European Theatre

On the 4th September 1916, Albert died of Malaria. He is Remembered with Honour at the Lahana Military Cemetery, Greece.


Lahana Military Cemetary

The Commonwealth War Graves Commission shows Albert’s wife living at 41, Waterhouse Lane, Millbrook, Southampton.

For his service to his country, he was entitled to the 1914 Star, British Service and Victory Medals.

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