WWI Canadian Memorial Cross. Mason. Canadian Railway Troops. Armley, Leeds.


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Correctly named 75713 Spr Mason

John Marshall Mason was born in Leeds in 1883. His record shows him to be an engineer by trade.

An address we find for him is 50A, Theaker Lane, Armley, Leeds. His next of kin is listed as his wife, Ivy Longbottom.

His mothers address is also given as Mary Mason, 48 Hedley St, Leeds.

When he enlisted into the 29th Bn CEF, it is noted that he had previously served 3 years with the Yorkshire Light Infantry and was currently serving with the Seaforth Highlanders of Canada Millitia.

He sailed from Vancouver and entered the French theatre of war in March 1915.

He was serving overseas in France when he was shot in the knee in September 1916 with the 29th Bn.

He went back overseas, this time with the 5th Bn CEF along with 29 officers and 918 other ranks in February 1917. He then transferred to the Canadian Railway Troops.

He was killed in action on the 4th of April 1917.

Looking through the diaries of the Battalions he served with, he looks to have taken part in the battles of the Somme, Fleurs Courcelette, Thiepval Ridge and Ancre Height.

He is buried at Highland Cemetery, Rolincourt, France. He was 36 when he died.

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