Arthur Mason


Royal Field Artillery    

Photo courtesy Simon Johnson

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During Arthur’s youth, his family moved from Crich to Whatstandwell and were notable for being a musical family. As a young man Arthur was involved with Whatstandwell Brass Band and later became involved with Crich United Silver Prize Brass Band, which he regularly conducted. He also played the organ at the Baptist Chapel at Crich. Prior to his military service during the war, Arthur was employed as a wire drawer at the wireworks at Ambergate. He married Annie Cowlishaw in 1916, either prior to his military service, or whilst back home on a short furlough. They had four children, two boys and two girls. After the war Arthur returned to Whatstandwell and spent periods working at the wireworks at Ambergate, and at the joinery works of Yelverton Dawbarn Brothers at Whatstandwell. In later years Arthur and his wife moved to live at Crich. Several years after the death of his wife, Arthur Mason passed away at Derby in 1980, aged eighty-six years.

Photos courtesy Simon Johnson

Arthur Mason with Crich Brass band

Arthur, centre, with the Whatstandwell Brass Band in about 1920.

Arthur and Annie Mason

Arthur Mason with his wife Annie (nèe Cowlishaw)


1901: Crich Common

Forename Surname Relationship Age Information Where born
James W Mason Head 41 Stone mason Liverpool
Eliza Mason wife 39   Crich
William Mason son 21 Factory hand machine minder Crich
Charles R Mason son 19 Stone mason Crich
James W Mason son 17 Quarryman gritstone Crich
Herbert Mason son 15 Factory hand Crich
Ernest Mason son 11   Crich
Arthur Mason son 7   Crich
Amy Mason daughter 4   Crich

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1911: Park Head, Crich

Forename Surname Relationship Age Information Where born
James Wm Mason Head 51 Stone mason Liverpool
Eliza Mason wife 49   Crich
Ernest Mason son 21 Wiredrawer apprentice Crich
Arthur Mason son 17 Wiredrawer Crich
Amy Mason daughter 14 Mill hand Crich
Archie Mason son 8 School Crich

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Arthur Mason's brothers James Mason, Charles Mason and William Mason are also on the Roll of Honour.