|Canadian Expeditionary Force||888309||188th (Saskatchewan) & 15th Reserve Battalions|
William Mason – born William Mason Crowder – was born at Crich on 26 July 1879. He was the oldest of the eight children of James William Mason and Eliza Crowder, with one sister and six brothers. The Masons were a musical family, and became well-known in the Crich area for its long associations with local brass bands.As a young man, William had worked as a machine minder at a local factory, but was encouraged by the Canadian government's immigration policy at the turn of the century, which attracted aspiring farmers to western Canada. On 7 May 1903, on board ss Tunisian, William immigrated to Canada to learn farming. At Toronto in 1907, he married Martha Ann Bowmer of Crich, who had immigrated to Canada in 1905. They later settled in Saskatchewan. During the First World War, William was attested for service with the Canadian Overseas Expeditionary Force on 27 March 1916. He was assigned to the 188th (Saskatchewan) Battalion. After sailing to England in October 1916, the battalion was absorbed into the 15th Reserve Battalion on 4 January 1917. At the time of William's attestation, his occupation was given as 'bandsman'. After his war service, William returned to his wife at Saskatchewan, where he continued working as a farmer.
Belper News, 1 May 1903
GOING TO CANADA – William Mason, eldest son of Mr James Mason of Crich. sets sail on May 7th from Liverpool on the Tunisian for Toronto, for the purpose of taking up farming under the Government.
Derbyshire Times and Chesterfield Herald, 2 May 1903
William Mason, eldest son of Mr James Mason of Crich. sets sail on May 7th from Liverpool on the Tunisian for Quebec, whence he will take train for Toronto, whenece he will commence learning farming under the Government. I wish him every success.
Canadian Attestation Papers
He enlisted on 27 March 1916; address Sirdale South, born Derbyshire; wife Martha Ann Mason; date of birth 26 July 1879; a bandsman; height 5ft 5¼; swarthy complexion; brown eyes; black, slight grey hair; a Baptist.
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|James W||Mason||Head||31||Stone mason||Liverpool|
RG12 piece 2746 folio 56 page 4
1901: Crich Common
|James W||Mason||Head||41||Stone mason||Liverpool|
|William||Mason||son||21||Factory hand machine minder||Crich|
|Charles R||Mason||son||19||Stone mason||Crich|
|James W||Mason||son||17||Quarryman gritstone||Crich|
RG13 piece 3231 folio 19 page 29