Arthur Thomas Mason was born in Rugby and baptised in St Andrews Parish Church on 9th November 1881. His father was Thomas, a compositor living in Lower Hillmorton Road. His mother was Louisa Margaret. We have been unable to locate a marriage for this couple. Thomas was born in Scotland although his father came from Stretton on Dunsmore and all but one of his siblings were born in Rugby. His eldest brother was born in Gloucestershire.
In 1891 Arthur Thomas was aged 9 and lived with his parents at 20 Railway Terrace. His father was still a compositor and Arthur had a younger sister, Ethel. In 1895 Thomas died at the age of 46, so by 1901 Arthur and Ethel were living with their widowed mother. Arthur was aged 18 and working as a auctioneer’s clerk, probably for his uncle, also Arthur Mason, who lived next door at number 40, an auctioneer and furniture dealer.
On 24th December 1905, Arthur Thomas Mason, aged 24 marred Maud Lilian King, 21, at Holy Trinity Church Rugby. By 1911 they had been married 5 years and had no children. Arthur was working as a storekeeper at electrical engineers. They lived at 61 Grosvenor Road, Rugby.
Arthur must have enlisted early in the war, in the 6th Bn, Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry (no. 13457) as the Rugby Advertiser of 13th November 1915 reported:
Lance-corporal Arthur Mason, 6th Oxford and Bucks Light Infantry, who has been spending eight day’s leave at his mother’s resident 40 Rutland Gardens, Hove, returned to Flanders on November 6th.
On 9th September 1916 it reported that Sergeant Arthur Mason had been killed in action in France, probably in The Battle of Delville Wood. He was buried at Carnoy Military Cemetery.
His widow was living at 72 Park Road at the time, she died in 1931 aged 46.
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