Photograph courtesy of Beverley Bowry
Born: 1896, Coddenham, Suffolk.
Died: 23rd April 1917; age 20; Died of Wounds received the same day, whilst trying to rescue an injured officer during the Battle of Arras – at No. 8 Casualty Clearing Station.
Enlistment Location: Ipswich.
Rank: Private; Service Number: 473234
Regiment: Royal Army Medical Corps, T.F., 88th Field Ambulance.
Pas de Calais,
Relatives Notified & Address: Son of Mr & Mrs F.B. Mason (nee Griss), of Coddenham.
1901 Valley Farm, Coddenham, Suffolk.
Kenneth was 4 years old and living with his parents & brothers.
Frederick Benjamin Mason, 39, a Farmer – employer, born Chelmondiston, Suffolk.
Elizabeth Mason (nee Griss), 40, born Ipswich.
Hugh Frederick Mason, 12, born Coddenham.
Frank Griss Mason, 11, born Coddenham.
George Arthur Mason, 8, born Coddenham.
Ivan Francis Mason, 6, born Coddenham.
Harold Benjamin Mason, 3, born Coddenham.
Henry Edward Mason, 1 month, born Coddenham.
1 general domestic servant
1911 404, Woodbridge Road, Ipswich.
Kenneth was 15 years old, a Clerk – Coal Merchants. He was living with his parents & brothers.
Frederick, 49, a Coal Merchants Traveller.
Hugh, 22, a Coal Merchant’s Manager.
Frank, 21, a Grocer’s Assistant.
George, 18, a Grocer’s Assistant.
Ivan, 16, a Grocer’s Assistant.
Kenneth’s mother, Elizabeth Mason, died July 1913, Ipswich.
Kenneth is also remembered on his parent’s headstone at Ipswich Cemetery.
A note from the family:
Kenneth had returned to Ipswich on leave in 1917, staying with one of his brothers, and on his way back to the Front he went to say goodbye to his father. Frederick had remarried and his new wife invited Kenneth in to wait, as his father had popped out. Kenneth waited for his father, but he sadly did not returned in time before Kenneth had to leave. They never got to say a last goodbye.
Kenneth, like his brothers, was a pacifist and refused to kill anyone and that is why he joined the Medical Corps.
Kenneth was the second cousin of Frank John Mason, MBE, draper and later JP and Mayor of Ipswich in 1920 – 1921 and November – December 1942.
Kenneth’s second cousin once removed of Naval officer & engineer, Vice Admiral Sir Frank Trowbridge Mason who was High Steward of Ipswich from 1967 to 1988.
The Royal Army Medical Corps (RAMC) is part of the British Army providing medical services to all British Army personnel and their families in war and in peace. Together with the Royal Army Veterinary Corps, the Royal Army Dental Corps and Queen Alexandra’s Royal Army Nursing Corps, the RAMC forms the British Army’s essential Army Medical Services. In combat the men followed the troops over the top into no man’s land suffering losses of 743 officers and 6130 soldiers killed, while delivering medical care to wounded exposed to enemy fire.