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Arthur Mason

Biography of Private Arthur Mason (21526)
2nd Battalion Lincolnshire Regiment
Formerly 7th
Battalion Lincolnshire Regiment
and 1st Battalion Lincolnshire Regiment
Died 31st July 1917

under Construction


Arthur Mason

Date of birth:

Place of Birth:
Morton, Lincolnshire England

Date of Birth registration:
Apr – May 1893

Place of Birth Registration:
Bourne, Lincolnshire, England



Arthur has not been found and because of his age we can assume that he never had the opportunity to marry.


Father’s Name:
Thomas Mason

Father’s DOB:

Father’s Place of Birth:
Baston, Lincolnshire, England

Father’s Occupation:
Gardeners Labourer

Mother’s Name:
Mary Ann Kingston

Mother’s DOB:

Mothers POB:
Thurlby, Lincolnshire, England

Mother’s Occupation:

Their Marriage:
8 June 1887 Morton

Siblings: (Name), (DOB), (POB)
Ethel Mason, 1888, Bourne
Harry Mason, 1890, Morton
Arthur Mason, 1893, Morton
Florrie Mason, 1896, Bourne
Nellie Mason, 1900, Bourne
Plus 4 more which names are unknown taken from the 1911 census

1891 Census:
Arthur is living with his parents at West Street, Bourne, Lincolnshire

1911 Census:
Arthur is living with Mary Anne East a widow in Billingborough, Lincolnshire. The census gives him an age of 18 and he is listed as a Drs groom (Not domestic).

Relatives in services:

Newspaper Mentions

Military Records

Attestation Papers:

WW1 Soldier’s Records:

Soldier’s Died In The Great War:
These records show that Private Arthur Mason, 21520, 2nd Battalion Lincolnshire Regiment was killed in action on 31st July 1917 in the Western European Theatre in France and Flanders..

Pension Records:
Not yet available

Medal Card Index:
Arthur’s medal card index states that he was eligible for the following medals:-
The British Medal
The Victory Medal

UK:Bourne, Roll of Honour in Bourne Abbey Church
Bourne War Memorial in the Memorial Gardens

Commonwealth War Graves Commission:
In memory of Private Arthur Mason, 21526, 2nd Battalion, Lincolnshire Regiment who died on 31 July 1917
Remembered with honour, Ovillers Military Cemetery.

More information:



Military Service Timeline:

Enlisted in Bourne
Need reading to change to Arthur’s dates
The 2nd Battalion started April 1917 at Fins on the Dessart Wood outpost line. The Battalion was then relieved and went into divisional support in Equancourt Wood and then at Fins ready for an attack on Gouzencourt Wood on the 4th April.
Once the objectives were met the Battalion moved back to Fins, to be relieved on the 6th April and moving to Lieramont in divisional reserve.
From the 8th April the 2nd Battalion were in training, before moving to Nurlu on the 11th to provide working parties for road mending.
On the 16th April the Battalion moved into divisional support in trenches north east of Heudecourt. On the 17th they were in support trenches and working on them to create a defensive line.
The Battalion relieved the Berkshire Regiment in the outpost line in front of Gonnelieu on the 18th. At 12 midnight 6 patrols attempted to enter Gonnelieu but were held up in the wire in front of the village and constantly fired upon by rifles & machine guns and were unable to press forward. This was carried out by A & C Companies. 1 officer killed, 2 officers wounded, 11 other ranks killed, 26 wounded, 7 missing.
The next day, 19th April, the battalion were in the outpost line, artillery and patrols were active on both sides.

This is ongoing research and will be posted when completed.