MASON, John Clayton
(Service number 6/502)

First Rank Private Last Rank Private


Date 9 March 1889 Place of Birth Christchurch

Enlistment Information

Date Age
Address at Enlistment Quarry Road, Waimataitai, Timaru
Occupation House painter
Previous Military Experience
Marital Status Single
Next of Kin Charles Henry MASON, Quarry Road, Timaru
Religion Church of England
Medical Information

Military Service

Served with NZ Armed Forces Served in Army
Military District

Embarkation Information

Body on Embarkation Main Body
Unit, Squadron, or Ship Canterbury Infantry Battalion
Date 16 October 1914
Transport Tahiti or Athenic
Embarked From Destination
Other Units Served With
Last Unit Served With Canterbury Infantry Regiment

Military Awards

Service Medals
Military Awards

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No information

Prisoner of War Information

Date of Capture
Where Captured and by Whom
Actions Prior to Capture
PoW Serial Number
PoW Camps
Days Interned
Liberation Date


Date Reason

Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses

Post-war Occupations


Date 5 December 1971 Age 82 years
Place of Death Cashmere, Christchurch
Memorial or Cemetery
Memorial Reference
New Zealand Memorials

Biographical Notes

John Clayton Mason was the son of Charles Henry and Anna Marie Mason. John’s mother was found dead in her bed at Linwood, Christchurch on 26 July 1902. About 1904 Charles moved to Timaru, where he remarried in 1907. John, who was educated at Phillipstown and East Christchurch schools, had been in Timaru for ten years when he enlisted. He was a well-known tennis and hockey player. He married Agnes McLellan Brown in 1928. The Methodist Church of Timaru placed a handsome window in the Bank Street Church as a memorial for the war victims of the congregations. Apart from the names of the fallen appearing on the window, the names of all who served were inscribed in a book which was to be preserved in the Church. Included in the names was that of John Clayton Mason.


Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotaph Database [24 March 2020]; NZ BDM Indexes (Department of Internal Affairs) [25 March 2020]; School Admission records [27 March 2020]; Press, 28 July 1902, Timaru Herald, 5 July 1922 (Papers Past) [24 & 27 March 2020]

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