Date of birth: 1887
Place of birth: Southampton
Service No.: 43217
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
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.
|Name:||Albert Ernest Mason|
|Birth Place:||St. James, Southampton|
|Death Date:||4 Sep 1916|
|Death Location:||France & Flanders|
|Regiment:||Royal Horse Artillery and Royal Field Artillery|
|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.
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.