John William Harold MASON

Regimental number1698
Place of birthUraidla South Australia
ReligionChurch of England
AddressAdelaide, South Australia
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation21
Next of kinWife, Mrs Dorothy Rose Mason, 6 Wright Court off Wright Street, Adelaide, South Australia
Enlistment date13 March 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name48th Battalion, 2nd Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/65/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on board HMAT A60 Aeneas on 11 April 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll48th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal

Recommendation date: 5 May 1918

FateReturned to Australia 8 November 1918

Military Medal

'For gallantry and devotion to duty near VILLERS BRETONNEUX on 3rd May, 1918. When nothing was known of the situation on the left, he went out alone through a murderous machine gun fire and established communication. As the party to which he belonged advanced Private MASON went forward and reconnoitred the position and then led a party and cleaned up an enemy post which he had located. He showed great coolness and initiative throughout and his disregard of personal safety and his gallant bearing were magnificent and an inspiration to his comrades.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 15
Date: 4 February 1919

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death30 May 1967
Place of burialCentennial Park Cemetery