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.
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 as well as the Church War Memorial.
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.
Another Ipswich man on board was Arthur Albert Loose who would of probably be known to Charles.