No.702937, Private, Joe MASON
Aged 33

23rd (County of London)Battalion, London Regiment
Killed in Action on 7th June 1917

Joe Mason was born 1883 in Hawkedon (2n qtr 1883 Sudbury 4a:608) son of Daniel and Sarah MASON (née WILBY)

1891 census...Aged 7, he was in Hawkedon with his father Daniel MASON [52] farm labourer; his mother Sarah [50]; brothers William [15] farm labourer, Charles [10] and Daniel [5]; sister Sarah A [13]. All were born in Hawkedon

1901 census...Aged 17, he was at The Green, Hawkedon with his parents and brother Joe. All the men were farm labourers.

1911 census... His widowed mother was still at The Green, Hawkedon, his father had died in 1901. His mother died on 30th July 1917

He married Cecilia Alice SCOTT [3-9-1888] in Marylebone on 28th June 1913. Their daughter Edith Maud, was born in Marylebone on 29th November 1914. His widow was at 265 Portman Buildings, Lissom Grove, Marylebone.

His brother Daniel was killed near Ypres, serving in the Military Foot Police. see here

He attested on 10th December 1915 in Marylebone, placed on Reserves and was mobilised into the 23rd London Regiment on 21st July 1916. He gave his age as 32 years 232 days, a married, a draper's packer, residing at 265 Portman Buildings, Lissom Grove, Marylebone. He was 5 feet 7.5 inches tall, chest 34.5 to 38.5 inches and weighed 140 lbs
He was posted to France on 3rd December 1916

On 7th June 1917 the battalion attacked the Ypres-Comines Canal. Their Colonel, H Kemble DSO died of his wounds.
CWGC records 40 killed, only 8 of them have an identified grave

Joe Mason is commemorated on the Menin Gate, Ypres panels 52-54

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