Mr Frank Archibald Robert Mason

Frank Archibald Robert Mason

Mr Frank Archibald Robert Mason, 32, was born in Southampton on 10th April 18801 the son of Southampton dock labourer John Mason (1843-1919) and Elizabeth (nee Dawson, 1842-1903).

At the time of the 1881 census he was living at 5 Birmingham Street, Southampton with his parents and five siblings.  Ten years later the family were at 6 Chandos St, Southampton.  The parents remained at that address for the 1901 census but Frank is not listed.

He was married to Ruth Cooper (1888-1958) in 19102. In the 1911 census they were listed living at 20 Nelson Street, Southampton his occupation was given as Seagoing Fireman - White Star Line.

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

Mason survived the sinking.  He is sometimes placed in Collapsible B but it is more likely that he escaped in Lifeboat 3 or 9.

Frank continued to work amongst ships.  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 723.

Search messages for Frank Archibald Robert Mason.


  1. The CR10 identity card from c.1919 gives his birth date was 10 April 1880.  His birth was registered in Southampton in Jun 1880 (2c/28).  Other sources (public family trees etc.) give a birth date of 28th Feb 1880.
  2. The marriage was registered in Southampton in September 1910 (2c/37).
  3. His death was registered in Southampton in March 1953 (6b/860)

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


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


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