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Leonard Mason was born on 27th March 1893 at Flitcroft Street, Bolton, son of Thomas and Sarah Ann Mason. He had five siblings, Florence b. 1889, John b. 1891, Samuel b.1895, Julia b. 1897 and Robert b. 1905.

Leonard married Annie Shuttleworth on 29th June 1918 at SS Simon & Judes Church, Bolton.

Annie Shuttleworth & Leonard Mason - Engagement

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Wedding – 29th June 1918 at SS Simon & Judes Church

On 9th November 1914 Leonard enlisted in the Territorial Force and was posted into the 1/5th (Territorial) Battalion Loyal North Lancashire Regiment. He was given the service
number  3368.

Private Mason sailed to France on the Tintoretto on 12th February 1915 and landed the following day.

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The Tintoretto

Whilst in France Leonard was promoted through the non-commission ranks up to Serjeant. In  January 1917 he received the new style TF number 241337.

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A studio photograph of Leonard Mason (centre) with the rank of Corporal

On 14th January 1918 his name was gazetted as having been awarded the Military Medal for Bravery in the Field.  This award was for his actions at The Battle of Menin Road Ridge (20 – 23 September), part of  The Third Battle of Ypres 1917.

Leonard Mason

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At some point after being awarded the Military Medal, Serjeant Mason was wounded,  he was discharged from the Army on 8th March 1919 and given the Silver War Badge number 450937.

Leonard Mason - Convalescence

Leonard wearing the M.M ribbon

Leonard Mason died on 3rd February 1969 at home in Bolton.

Discharge Scroll

Unfortunately his service and pension papers appear not to have survived.

Information and photos supplied by the Granddaughter of Leonard Mason, Lois Patel – thank you 

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2 Responses to 241337 SJT. L. MASON. L.N.LAN.R

  1. Lois Patel says:

    Hi Paul
    What a lovely article about my late grandfather. I did not realise he was wearing the MM ribbon on the convalescence photograph.
    It is good to know why he was awarded the MM and I thank you for that information.
    You have also given me the date of his enlistment which I did not know.
    Thanks and lot and I hope your website goes from strength to strength – I shall certainly return to it to read other stories about the brave men from WW1.
    Kind Regards, Lois

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