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Mason, W G

Bailleul Road East Cemetery

Bailleul Road East Cemetery, Laurent-Blangy.

Walter Gaudin Mason

Family memorial at Mont a l'Abbe Cemetery, Jersey

Commemorated on All Saints Church Memorial
and on the memorial in the entrance to the present Police Station to Police Constables who fell.

Son of George Bassingham Mason & Harriette Anne Le Clercq, his wife.

Killed in action, aged 33 years.

Notice of Death appears in Jersey Evening Post of Friday 11 May 1917

NEWS ITEM in Jersey Evening Post of Tuesday 2 November 1915

Police Constable Mason Enlists. We understand that PC Walter Mason has enlisted in the Royal Garrison Artillery and will shortly leave the Island for the Depot at Gosport.

Commonwealth War Graves Commission Record


Walter Gaudin Mason

Gunner Walter Gaudin Mason
120th Siege Battery, Royal Garrison Artillery

NEWS ITEM in Jersey Evening Post of Friday 11 May 1917
Roll of Honour.

The large circle of friends which PC W G Mason made whilst he was serving with the St Helier Paid Police will regret to hear that he has made the supreme sacrifice somewhere in France. The late Police Constable entered the Force in 1909 and being of a cheerful and kindly disposition was held in the highest regard by all he had come into contact with. During 1915, although over 30 and married, he considered he would be serving his Country better at the Front and he enlisted in the Royal Garrison Artillery. He proceeded with 120th Siege Battery to the Front and letters had been received from him as late as yesterday, these stating that he was in the best of health and looking forward to finer weather, the winter having been very trying.

Today Mr G Le Masurier, the Constable's Secretary, received a letter from Major K F Angus, officer commanding the Battery, stating that he regretted to state that Gunner Mason was killed on the morning of 7 May whilst at the Battery, and in accordance with the request found in the deceased's pocketbook, Mr Le Masurier was asked to communicate with Mrs Mason. After expressing his personal sympathy with the widow, to whom he is writing, the Major concludes "Mason was a singularly fine upright man, always showing the same cheery disposition in all circumstances, a man whom it did me good to have serving with me, and all of us will feel his loss keenly. He suffered no pain whatever, death being absolutely instantaneous. We are burying him this evening in a small cemetery here." We extend our heartfelt sympathy to the widow and other members of the family in their sorrow.

Pictures courtesy of Mike & Rosemarie Thomas