Mr Frank Archibald Robert Mason (Fireman) was born in Southampton, Hampshire, England on 10 April 1880 1.
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 (b. 1867), Sarah Jane (b. 1869), Alfred Edward (b. 1871), Richard Ernest (b. 1876), George Sellence (b. 1878) 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.
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.
He later returned to England and continued to work at sea into the 1920s and beyond. He and his wife would have one child, a daughter named Gwendolyn Iris (b. 30 October 1922)
When his daughter Gwendolyn Iris Mason (1922 - 2001, later known as Mary) was born on 30th October 1922, he was listed on her birth certificate as a 'Boiler (Ship Yard)". At the time their home address was 43a Orchard Lane, Southampton.
Frank A. R. Mason died in early 1953 in Southampton. He was 72.
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- 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.
1881-1911 British Census
CR10 identity card (#348742, National Archives)
GRO Register of Births Marriages and Deaths
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