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Charles Alfred Robe MASON

Regimental number2388
Date of birth10 March 1895
Place of birthForest Range, South Australia
SchoolState School, South Australia
ReligionChurch of England
AddressForest Range, South Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation20
Next of kinMother, Mrs Fanny Mason, Forest Range, South Australia
Previous military serviceServed 6 months in the Senior Cadets: 79th Infantry; 2 years in the 79th Infantry, Citizen Military Forces.
Enlistment date22 June 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name27th Battalion, 5th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/44/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on board HMAT A32 Themistocles on 13 October 1915
Rank from Nominal RollCorporal
Unit from Nominal Roll27th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal

'Work near Peronne on 2 September 1918.'
Recommendation date: 11 September 1918

FateKilled in Action 3 October 1918
Place of death or woundingFrance
Age at death23.7
Place of burialBellicourt British Cemetery (Plot IV, Row N, Grave No. 7), France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: George Albert and Fanny MASON, Forest Range, South Australia

Military Medal

'During the attack S. of ALLAINES N.E> of Peronne, on the morning of 2 September 1918, this soldier singlehanded attacked and after a severe bomb fight succeeded in driving a party of the enemy from a trench, killing several and putting the remainder to flight. This operation allowed his Company to regain touch with the Battalion. Pte Mason showed conspicuous gallantry in this effort, and an utter disregard for personal safety.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 115
Date: 10 October 1919

Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Taken on strength, 27th Bn, Tel-el-Kebir, Egypt, 12 January 1916. Admitted to 7th Field Ambulance, Ismailia, 22 February 1916; transferred to 1st Australian Dermatological Hospital. Abbassia, 25 February, 25 February 1916. Discharged to Overseas Base, Ghezirah after 24 days' treatment for venereal disease.

Proceeded from Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 1 June 1916.

Admitted to 1st Australian Dermatological Hospital, Bulford, England, 23 January 1917; discharged to depot, 17 May 1917; total period of treatment for venereal disease: 115 days (forfeited 115 days' pay at 5/- per day = 27 pounds 5 shillings.

Proceeded overseas to France, 9 October 1917; rejoined Bn in Belgium, 14 October 1917. Appointed Lance Corporal, 1 September 1918; Corporal, 13 September 1918. On leave to England, 10 September 1918; rejoined unit, 1 October 1918.

Killed in action, 3 October 1918.

After the war, when claiming his accumulated pay, his mother disputed the withholding of 27 pounds five shillings, which she mistakely thought had been charged for an operation (letter to Base Records, Melbourne, 25 November 1920)

Medals: Military Medal, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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