Born: 1893, Ipswich.

Died: 1st October 1917; age: 23; KiA by a shell.

Residence: 10, Crouch Road, Colchester.

Date of Entry Therein: 28th July 1915 – France.


Rank: Corporal; Service Number: 88211.

Regiment: Royal Field Artillery, ‘B’ Battery, 83rd Brigade.

Medals Awarded: Victory, British War and 1915 Star.


Grave Reference:

IX. F. 2.

Vlamertinghe New Military Cemetery,

West Vlaanderen,



Relatives Notified and Address: Eldest son of Ernest Mason & Bertha Mason, of 10, crouch Street, Colchester, Essex.

The shell also killed 37 year old Walter Cambers, a Gunner, service number 82380, of the Royal Field Artillery, ‘B’ Battery, 83rd Brigade. Walter was born in Cople, Bedfordshire, the son of Charles Cambers, a farm labourer and Sarah Cambers (nee Minney), of Ampthill. Walter was married in 1902, to Beatrice Deborah Cambers (nee Marshall), they had four sons and made their home at 13, Cobden Street, Bedford.

Photograph of Walter courtesy of Heidi.

Conrad on his Grandfather’s knee.



1901   2, Winsley Road, Colchester, Essex.


Conrad was 7 years old and living with his parents and brother.

Ernest Nathan Mason, 33, an Engineer Draughtsman, born Wivenhoe, Essex.

Bertha Betsy Mason (nee Kitton), born Ipswich.

Bernard Mason, 5, born Ipswich.

1 female domestic servant.



1911   The Arclight, Queen Street, Colchester, Essex.


Conrad was 17 years old and a Mechanical Engineer’s Apprentice. He was living with his parents and siblings.

Ernest, 42, an Engineer’s Draughtsman – Mechanical Engineers.

Bertha, 38, a Photographic Printer – own account – at home.

Bernard, 15.

Eudo Colecestra Mason, 9, born Colchester.

Helena Mason, 8, born 2, Winsley Road, Colchester, Essex.

1 female domestic servant.


Conrad’s father, Ernest Nathan Mason died in April 1914, Colchester.


Conrad was educated at Colchester Royal Grammar School.

Conrad and Mason family photographs – (c) Christopher Goddard, All Rights Reserved.

Soldiers’ Effects to Bertha B. Mason – mother, Bernard Mason and Eudo C. Mason – brothers, and Helena Mason – sister.


Conrad is commemorated on his parent’s headstone at Colchester Cemetery, Essex.





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