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