Burials WWI Hipswell 1919

Chapter FOUR


cause of death : Cerebro spinal meningitis

59245 Private John Mason
3rd Battalion Royal Warwickshire Regiment
Died 23rd March 1919 Buried 26th March 1919 
Hipswell Camp
The burial index mentions that John Mason was a coloured man.


Summary of Army Career

John Mason's draft card registration was 6th May 1917, New York, U.S.A. States he was born 5th March 1891,Tacarigua and Trinidad, British West Indies. Physical description: coloured. Medium height and build. Brown eyes. Black hair. 

The available British records state John Mason joined at Dover on 17th August 1918. He completed Home service between 17th August 1918 and 23rd February 1919. He was aged 27 years and four months on enlistment.

Next of kin: Mary Winston. They had married on 1st September 1915, Ashbury Park, New York. Address: 75 West 141st Street, New York City, U.S.A.

Soldiers Effects Records named Mary Mason, New York, USA was to receive the war gratuity and outstanding pay, it gave the first clue that John Mason was from the United States.408
John Mason died of Cerebro spinal meningitis on 23rd March 1919.

Life History

1915 Census John Mason is living in Ashbury Park, New Jersey with Edward Brewington and his family. John Mason was born in 1891, British Islands. 
John's widow Mary remarries Edwin Fabio on 21st July 1920, Manhattan. 1925 Census, Edwin and Mary are living in the Bronx, New York. There does not appear to have been any children born to either marriage.