KENNETH RALPH MASON

Born: 12th May 1888, Ipswich.

Died: 21st June 1915; age 27; KiA – at St. Vaast Port, France.

Suffolk Regiment dairy shows 3 ranks and Lieutenant Mason were killed, 3 others wounded, when German 5.9 Howitzers were fired on their trench position. The position had  previously been occupied by a British anti-aircraft gun which had been troublesome to the Germans. It had been removed in the night and the bombardment was hoped to destroy the British gun.

Residence: ‘Trevose’ Felixstowe & The Abbey Place, Pershore, Worcestershire.

Rank: Second Lieutenant

Regiment: Suffolk Regiment, 4th Battalion.

Medals Awarded: Victory, British War & 1915 Star.

Grave Reference:

I.F.7.

St. Vaast Post Military Cemetery,

Richebourg-L’Avove,

Pas de Calais,

France.

Relatives Notified & Address: Youngest son of George Calver Mason & Leticia Maria Mason, of Ipswich. Brother of Harold Percy Mason, of 23, Church Road, Tunbridge Wells, Kent.

Brother to WILFRID HOWARD MASON.

CENSUS

1891   Lonsdale House, Belstead Road, Ipswich.

Kenneth was 2 years old and living with parents & siblings.

George Calver Mason, 48, a Seed Crusher (oil cake merchant) & Paper Manufacturer – employer, born Ipswich.

Letitia Maria Mason (nee Williams), 46, born London.

Catherine May Grace Mason, 22, Mother’s Help, born Ipswich.

George Godson Mason, 21, a Merchant’s Clerk – Coals, born Ipswich.

Harold Percy Mason, 19, a Student of Law, born Ipswich.

Mabel Constance Mason, 17, born Ipswich.

Oswald Hugh Mason, 13, born Ipswich.

Malcolm Forty Mason, 11, born Ipswich.

Theodore Septimus Mason, 9, born Ipswich.

Wilfrid Howard Mason, 7, born Ipswich.

1 governess

1 cook

1 nurse

2 housemaids.

1901   Broadwater, Belstead Road, Ipswich.

Kenneth was 12 years old and living with his parents & siblings.

George, 58, an Oil Seed Crusher (oil cake merchant) – employer.

Letitia, 56.

Ernest Calver Mason, 30, born Ipswich.

Mabel, 27.

Oswald, 23, Paper Manufacturer – employer.

Malcolm, 21, a Clerk at Oil Seed Business.

1 domestic servant

2 cooks

1 hall boy

3 housemaids

1 kitchen maid

1 butler

1 footman.

1911   4, Marine Place, Sidmouth, Devon.

Kenneth was 22 years old, a Law Student. He was lodging with 8 other law students at the lodging house of 34 year old, Howard Frederick Clements.

Kenneth was educated by private tuition with Mr. Frank Gilbert M.A., of ‘Cantley’ 49, Madeira Park, Tunbridge Wells, Kent, before moving on to Ipswich School – entered 1899, where he was a member of the Cadet Corps and the Literary & Dramatic Society. Kenneth continued his education at Jesus College, Cambridge, joining in October, 1909. He took Part I and Part II exams in Law and History and took his B.A. in June 1913.

Kenneth was a member of the Footlights Comedy Club.

Kenneth’s father, George Calver Mason died August 1905, of Broadwater, Belstead Road, Ipswich. His mother, Leticia Maria Mason died March 1917, of ‘Trevose’, Felixstowe, Suffolk.

Soldiers’ Effects to Harold Percy Mason Esq. and Oswald Hugh Mason Esq. – brothers.

Probate to Harold Percy Mason, a solicitor & Oswald Hugh Mason, a gentleman – brothers.

Kenneth is also remembered on the Chapel war memorial at Ipswich School, and at Felixstowe, Suffolk, and also at Jesus College, Cambridge, and on his parents headstone at St. Mary’s Church, Belstead, Suffolk and on a brass plaque at St Mary at Stoke Church, Ipswich.

MASON G C

Kenneth’s paternal grandfather, George Mason,

was Mayor of Ipswich 1875 – 1876.

Kent and Sussex Courier – Friday, 2nd July 1915Second-Lieutenant Kenneth Ralph Mason, of the 4th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment (T.F.), who was killed in action in France on the 21st June, was the youngest son of the late Mr. G. Calver Mason, of Ipswich, and brother of Mr. H. P. Mason, of Speldhurst. He was for a short time resident in Tunbridge Wells as a pupil of Mr. Frank Gilbert, M.A. He was educated at Ipswich School and Jesus College, Cambridge, where he served in the Cambridge University Officers’ Training Corps. On mobilisation he enrolled in the Inns of Court Officers’ Training Corps, from which he received his commission in the 4th Suffolks. His brother Captain M.F. Mason, also of the 4th Suffolks, was wounded at Neuve Chapelle, and his cousin Stewart Mason, was drowned in the Lusitania.

Suffolk Regiment, 4th Battalion:

SUFFOLK REGIMENT 1/4th Battalion Territorial Force:

On the 21st of June in the Neuve Chapelle area, the Germans shelled the 4th Battalion’s position, in the hope of knocking out an anti-aircraft gun which had been troublesome to German aircraft in previous days. The gun had already been moved before the bombardment. Officer Second Lieutenant Kenneth Ralph Mason, Private 2194 John Henry Alcock, Private 2185 William George Welham, and Private 2810 Frank Wright, of Benhall, Suffolk, were killed on the 21st of June, and three more men were wounded.

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