Photographs courtesy of Heather Godson


Born: 14th March 1894, Ipswich.

Died: 12th January 1918; age 23; Drowned in wreck off Hesta Head, Orkney Islands.

Residence: Orwell Place, Ipswich.

Enlisted: 11th September 1916.

Rank: Able Seaman; Service Number: London LZ5688

Regiment: Royal Naval Volunteer Reserves, H.M.S. ‘Narborough’ T.B.D.


Grave Reference:


Chatham Naval Memorial,



Relatives Notified & Address: Son of Charles & Ellen Mason, of Leigh House, 44, North Hill, Colchester.


Junior partner in the firm of Charles Mason & Son (Tea Merchants).




1901   7, Norwich Road, Ipswich.


Charles was 8 years old and living with his parents & brother.

Charles Simpson Mason, 41, a Tea Merchant – employer, born Elmstead, Essex.

Ellen Maria Mason (nee Squires), 41, born Ipswich.

Thomas William Mason, 6, born Ipswich.

1 general domestic servant.


1911   Jupes Hill, Mount Hill Avenue, Springfield, Essex.


Charles was 17 years old, a Tea Taster’s Assistant. He was living with his paternal uncle & aunt + cousin.

George Mason, 53, a Local Security Insurance EOI, born Elmstead, Essex.

Kate Mason, 42, born Fressingfield, Suffolk.

Vera Dorothy Mason, 11, born Chelmsford, Essex.

1 domestic servant.


Charles attended Ipswich Middle School, Needham Market Middle School, L’Institut Homades, Uccle, Belgium and at L’Internationale, Brussels, Belgium.


Charles was an amateur yachtsman and a member of the Ipswich Swimming Club and the Petrel Rowing Club.


Charles is also remembered on his parent’s headstone at Colchester Cemetery. He also had a private memorial in St. Michael’s Church, Ipswich.


H.M.S. Narborough was an Admiralty M-class destroyer launched in 1916. On the 12th January 1918, she and her sister ship H.M.S. Opal were wrecked on the Pentland Skerries after running aground in a violent gale & snowstorm. Only 1 sailor survived (William Sissons), 188 were killed.

  H.M.S. ‘Narborough’

Charles Squires Mason

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