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William Charles Mason

Surname: Mason
Other names: William Charles
Other people in this story:
William Joshua Mason
Eliza Emily Mason née Walters
Locations in this story:
Surbiton, Surrey
Namiwawa, Nyasaland
St. Denis, Cann, Shaftesbury
St. James' Church, Shaftesbury
Haileybury College, Great Amwell, Hertfordshire
South-Eastern Agricultural College, Wye, Kent
Pusa, India

William Charles Mason was born on 13th May, 1884 in Surbiton, Surrey, and baptised at St. Andrew's Church, Subiton on 8th June 1884, the son of William Joshua Mason, a manufacturing engineer, and Eliza Emily Mason (née Walters). William Charles appears in the 1901 Census as a boarder at Haileybury College, Great Amwell, Hertfordshire. In 1906 he travelled to Pusa in India to work as an entomologist. He returned to England in 1910 and attended the South-Eastern Agricultural College, Wye in Kent. By 1911 William Charles' parents had moved to St. Denis, Cann, Shaftesbury, and he is included on the Census as an Economic Entomologist. He continued his studies in that field as a Carnegie Student in the U.S.A. 

He went out to Nyasaland to work as the Government Entomologist and while there he enlisted in the Nyasaland Volunteer Reserve. He died of blackwater fever at the Government Farm in Namiwawa, Nyasaland on 28th November 1917. He is remembered on the Cann War Memorial, Shaftesbury. He is also commemorated on one of the Stations of the Cross plaques in St. James’ Church and is included on the Haileybury College War Memorial.    

  • Names on Cann War Memorial
  • Charles Mason plaque in St. James' Church
  • Unveiling of Cann War Memorial

Links to related web content / sources:
Commonwealth War Graves Commission
The National Archives