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.

Occupation: a Junior Partner in his father’s firm of Charles Mason & Son – Tea Merchants.

Enlisted: 11th September 1916.


Rank: Able Seaman; Service Number: London LZ5688

Regiment: Royal Naval Volunteer Reserves, H.M.S. ‘Narborough’ – Torpedo Boat Destroyer.


Grave Reference:


Chatham Naval Memorial,



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






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.


Probate to Charles Mason – father, a Tea Merchant.


Charles is also remembered on his parent’s headstone at Colchester Cemetery. Charles is also remembered on the war memorial at Northgate High School. Formerly Ipswich Grammar School for Boys, and on the war memorial at St. Michael’s Church, Ipswich, where he also had a private memorial on a lectern.


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.

  H.M.S. ‘Narborough’

Charles Squires Mason


One Comment

  • thank you so much for this information,. Charles’ father is my 1st cousin 3 x removed. We are visiting from Australia in August 2024 and will pay our repsects at the memorial and at the Orkney site. Lest We Forget.


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