MASON, Arthur
(Service number 13/273)

First Rank Trooper Last Rank


Date 10 January 1887 Place of Birth Dunedin

Enlistment Information

Date 8 September 1914 Age 27 years
Address at Enlistment 100 Nelson Street, Auckland
Occupation Labourer (for J. J. Craigie, Timaru)
Previous Military Experience
Marital Status Single
Next of Kin Mrs Jeannie MASON, 32 North Street, Timaru; then care of G.P.O., 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 Auckland Mounted Rifles
Date 16 October 1914
Transport Star of India or Waimana
Embarked From Wellington Destination Suez, Egypt
Other Units Served With
Last Unit Served With

Military Awards

Campaigns Balkan; Egyptian
Service Medals 1914-1915 Star; British War Medal; Victory Medal
Military Awards

Award Circumstances and Date

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 3 July 1916 Reason

Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses

Post-war Occupations



Date 21 January 1954 Age 67 years
Place of Death Auckland
Memorial or Cemetery Cremated & ashes interred Waikumete Cemetery, Auckland
Memorial Reference Service Persons Area K, Row 2, Plot 36
New Zealand Memorials

Biographical Notes

Arthur Mason was born on 10 January 1887 at Dunedin, the eldest son of John Philip Mason (Phil) and his second wife, Jane (Jeannie) née Mercer. Along with his siblings, he was educated at Mornington School, Dunedin. His youngest sister, Lily, transferred to Timaru Main School in 1913. Their mother had moved to Timaru after their father died on 18 April 1912 at Dunedin. Jeannie Mason, who was about nineteen years younger that her husband, died on 19 November 1928 at her daughter Daisy’s (Mrs Scales) residence, Timaru.

When Arthur enlisted on 8 September 1914, he named his mother as next-of-kin – Mrs Jeannie Mason, 32 North Street, Timaru, and later care of G.P.O., Timaru. He was single and a labourer for J. J. Craigie, Timaru, although he gave an address of 100 Nelson Street, Auckland. Trooper A. Mason embarked with the Auckland Mounted Rifles of the Main Body, departing from Wellington for Suez, Egypt, on 16 October 1914. Arthur Mason suffered permanent disability from a permanent wound to his eye. He returned to New Zealand on 6 June 1916 by th “Athenic”. Discharged on 3 July 1916, he was awarded the 1914-1915 Star, the British War Medal and the Victory Medal for his service at the Balkans and in Egypt.

Arthur Mason died on 22 January 1954 at Auckland, aged 67 years. He was cremated, his ashes being interred in the Service Persons Area of Waikumete Cemetery, Auckland. Two brothers of Arthur – Charles and Harry – also served in World War One, while two half-brothers were listed on the Reserve Rolls.


Auckland War Memorial Museumm Cenotaph Database [17 July 2022]; NZ BDM Indexes (Department of Internal Affairs) [17 July 2022]; School Admission records (Dunedin Branch NZSG) [17 July 2022]; Waikumete Cemetery headstone & burial record (South Canterbury Branch NZSG records) [17 July 2022]; Timaru Cemetery headstone image (Timaru District Council) [17 July 2022]; Evening Star, 19 April 1912, Otago Daily Times, 19 April 1912, Timaru Herald, 20 November 1928 (Papers Past) [17 July 2022]

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Teresa Scott, Teresa Scott, South Canterbury Genealogy Society

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