Robert Mason

Military Information

  • Date of enlistment:
  • Place of enlistment: Perth
  • Service no: 2322
  • Rank: Lance Corporal
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  • Awards:
  • Regiment/Service: Black Watch
  • Unit/Ship: 1st Battalion
  • Place of Death: France
  • Age at Death: 22
  • Date of Death: 14/07/1916
  • Burial Country: France
  • Cemetery: Thiepval Memorial
  • Grave/Mem Ref no: Pier and Face 10 A.

Personal Information

  • Date of Birth:
  • Place of Birth: Dundee
  • Address: 13 Middle Street, Dundee
  • Occupation:
  • Mother:

    Catherine Mason, 13 Middle St, Dundee

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More about Robert Mason

Robert has no known grave but is remembered on the Thiepval Memorial.

Robert Mason   2322   Black Watch


Private Robert Mason, a Dundee soldier, of the Black Watch, who formed one of the original British Expeditionary Force, has been killed in action.  Intimation of his death is contained in a letter from a comrade, who states that Private Mason was killed on the 14th inst. just as his company was being relieved.

A shell came over and killed five brave lads of the Black Watch.  “His death.” says the writer. “cast a gloom over the whole company.”  Although only 22 years of age, Private Mason was already a veteran in service in the present war. He was wounded at Mons, and on one memorable occasion he greatly distinguished himself by carrying in three wounded men.  His mother resides at 13 Middle Street, and his deceased father was a trawl fisherman.

Dundee Courier 24th July 1916

 Attached are images of Chris Berkley’s grandmother, May Goodsir’s war journal from Wallacefield Auxiliary Hospital, Croydon. Wallacefield was the Goodsir family home and May served as Quartermaster and Hon.Sec.

The newspaper clipping has been inserted opposite the entries for June 3rd 1915. She mentions that a letter had arrived from Mason saying that he had been recommended for a DCM . The postcard photo is inserted opposite May’s description of when they heard of his death in summer 1916.

Additional information and image kindly supplied by Michael Caldwell, further additional information and images very kindly supplied by Chris Berkley.

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