Mr Frank Archibald Robert Mason

Frank Archibald Robert Mason

Mr Frank Archibald Robert Mason (Fireman) was born in Southampton, Hampshire, England on 10 April 1880.

He was the son of John Mason (1843-1919), a dock labourer, and Elizabeth Dawson (1842-1903), both natives of Southampton who had married in 1866. His known siblings were: John Harry (1866-1900), Sarah Jane (b. 1869), Alfred Edward (b. 1871), Richard Ernest (1876-1950), George Sellence (1878-1932) and Thomas William (b. 1884).

Frank first appears on the 1881 census living with his family at 5 Birmingham Street, Southampton. The family were shown on the 1891 and 1901 census records living at 6 Chandos Street, Southampton but Frank would be absent from the latter record, presumably at sea.

He was married in the latter months of 1910 to Ruth Cooper (b. 1888), also a native of Southampton and the 1911 census shows the freshly married couple living at 20 Nelson Street, Frank's occupation given as a fireman for the White Star Line. Their daughter Elizabeth Ruth was born later that year on 17 August.

When he signed-on to the Titanic, on 6 April 1912, Mason gave his address as 30a Waverly Road, (Southampton). He had transferred from the Oruba and as a fireman he received monthly wages of £6.

Mason survived the sinking. Some accounts have him escaping atop collapsible B but some sources believe it is more likely that he escaped in lifeboats 3 or 9.

He later returned to England and continued to work at sea into the 1920s and beyond. He and his wife would have another child, a daughter named Gwendoline Iris (b. 30 October 1922) and at the time her birth certificate listed him as a 'Boiler (Ship Yard)" and gave their home address as 43a Orchard Lane, Southampton.

Frank Mason died in Southampton in February 1953 aged 72. His widow Ruth later died 8 May 1958.

Both his daughters remained resident of Southampton; Elizabeth (later Mrs Reginald H. Williams) died in 1996 and Gwendoline, later known as Mary (and later Mrs Peter McQuillan) died in 2001.

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Gavin Bell, UK
Peter Engberg-Klarström, Sweden
Bill Wormstedt, USA
Michael Poirier, USA
Brian Ticehurst, UK

Notes
  1. Birthdate as per CR10 identity card from circa 1919 His birth was registered in Southampton in Jun 1880 (2c/28).  Other sources (public family trees etc.) give a birth date of 28 February 1880.
References and Sources
United States Senate, Washington 1912. n° 806, Crew List
1881-1911 British Census
CR10 identity card (#348742, National Archives)
GRO Register of Births Marriages and Deaths

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