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.
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.
- 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.
- The marriage was registered in Southampton in September 1910 (2c/37).
- 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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