To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the start of the First World War, I am working on a series of blog posts and radio shows that will look at 100 Manitobans who died in action. For more about this project and links to other posts, follow this link.
A month after his eighteenth birthday, James enlisted in Brandon with the 45th Infantry Battalion: Manitoba Regiment. His occupation at the time was a farm hand.
Before the Battle of Vimy Ridge, he was transferred to the 52nd Infantry Battalion: New Ontario Regiment. He died in that battle on October 1916. He is commemorated by the Vimy Memorial, Pas de Calais, France and his name is on the Oak River, Manitoba war memorial.
At lest one other sibling, Walter, served. He survived.
Cardale School ca 1916 (source)
Remembrance - James Allen Mason The Ginger Genie
Is Charles Mason a Genealogical Connection? The Ginger Genie
Attestation papers Library and Archives Canada
Virtual War Memorial entry Veterans' Affairs Canada
Canadian Great War Project entry
Commonwealth War Graves Commission entry
This soldier's history has been pieced together using a number of sources. If you have additional information or would like to point out a factual error, please do so in the comments below or by email at cassidy-at-mts.net.
© Christian Cassidy 2014