Arthur Mason (1893–1980)


Royal Field Artillery 84223 34th R Battery

Photos 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 Arthur was employed as a wire drawer at the wireworks at Ambergate. Owing to health problems he was discharged from the Army in May 1915. Arthur married Annie Cowlishaw in 1916, and they had four children, two boys and two girls.

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)

Army Service Record
Arthur Mason, born Whatstandwell; attested 21 January 1915; examined at Matlock; aged 21 years 5 months; wire drawer; height 5ft 5½ inches; weight 115 lbs; RFA 84223; next of kin James William Mason, Whatstandwell (father)
14/4/15 Posted B Reserve Bde – certified fit for Home Service Only 13/4/15
15/5/15 discharged KR para 392 (iii) (cc)

Arthur Mason was born at Whatstandwell and is remembered on the Alderwasley Roll of Honour in the Church

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


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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1939 Register: Highfields, Sandy Lane, Crich
Arthur Mason b.21 June 1893; wire drawer heavy work
Annie Mason b.29 May 1893
Mona A Cooke (Mason) b.31 July 1925; sorter in rag mill