John Mason

Oct 3, 1869

Born in Tunbridge, Kent, England


Jun 19, 1914

Shown on the payroll of the 56th Regiment Prescott Grenville Lisgar Rifles with the rank of Colour Sergeant in “C” Company at the training camp in Petawawa, Ontario


Nov 19, 1914

Attested into the 21st Battalion in Kingston, Ontario


Ø  Number 59644 (temporary number 1096)

Ø  Next of kin given as John Mason, Thomas St., Tunbridge Wells, Kent, England

Ø  Previous occupation given as Carpenter

Ø  Previous military experience given as Colour Sergeant, 56th Regiment, 1st Royal West Kent Regiment for 7 ½ years and Natal Carabiniere for 3 years

Ø  Religion given as Church of England

Ø  Posted to the Depot Company

o   Later posted to “E” Company

o   This was later reorganized into “C” Company

The 21st Battalion trained in the Kingston, Ontario area through the winter of 1914-15.


Feb 4, 1915

Appointed to the provisional rank of Lance Corporal


May 6, 1915

Embarked the RMS Metagama in Montreal, Quebec





May 15, 1915

Disembarked in Devonport, England and the battalion proceeded to the West Sandling Camp, near Hythe, Kent to continue training


Jun 3, 1915

Posted to the Headquarters Company to be employed as a Pioneer


Jul 1, 1915

Confirmed in the rank of Lance Corporal


Aug 28, 1915

Rejoined “C” Company and no longer employed as a Pioneer


Sep 14, 1915

Embarked the St. Seiriol in Folkestone



Sep 15, 1915

Disembarked in Boulogne, France and the battalion proceeded to St. Omer


Feb 14, 1916

Granted 9 days leave


Feb 23, 1916

Rejoined the battalion from leave


Nov 13, 1916

Attached to the 2nd Sanitary Section to attend Sanitary Course


Nov 17, 1916

Reverted to the rank of Private at his own request


Nov 20, 1916

On completion of the Sanitary Course, he was attached to the 2nd Division Sanitary Section pending transfer to that unit


Nov 22, 1916

Transferred to the 2nd Division Sanitary Section


Jul 7, 1917

Granted 10 days leave


Jul 19, 1917

Rejoined the sanitary section from leave


Jan 31, 1918

Granted 14 days leave


Feb 15, 1918

Rejoined the sanitary section from leave


Jan 8, 1919

Granted 14 days leave


Feb 1, 1919

Rejoined the sanitary section from leave


Apr 18, 1919

Proceeded to England from Havre, France and attached to “N” Wing in Witley pending return to Canada


May 4, 1919

Attached to “P” Wing for return to Canada with the 21st Battalion


May 14, 1919

Embarked the SS Caronia in Liverpool



May 22, 1919

Disembarked in Halifax, Nova Scotia and proceeded to Kingston, Ontario by train


May 24, 1919

Discharged from the CEF in Kingston, Ontario

Ø  Rank on discharge Corporal

Ø  War Service Badge Class “A” issued number 277480

Ø  Proposed residence on discharge GPO Brockville, Ontario

Following his discharge, the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medals were sent to him at 29 Buell St., Brockville, Ontario


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