The son of John Mason, John "Jack" Mason was a clerk at
Elder, Dempster & Co., Ltd., of Everton, from 30 June 1910 to 11
September 1914. He enlisted in the Army on 12 September 1917 and
transferred to the Royal Flying Corps on 14 September 1917.
spoke of the war to his son only once, telling him that he was in the
Battle of the Somme and that he volunteered for the RFC because he knew
if he survived the day, he would get to sleep in a clean bed each
night. Beginning with the rank of Air Mechanic, Second Class on 14
September 1917, Mason was promoted to Corporal on 21 September 1917, and
Sergeant on 23 November 1917. He served with 3rd
Brigade, R.D., 86 Training Squadron, and 11 Squadron as an observer.
His Military Medal was gazetted on
19 November 1917 (30389/11969). As an Air Cadet he completed training
as a pilot in 1918 and received Royal Aero Club Certificate 6573 on an
Avro biplane at Military School, Ruislip. Mason survived the war and was demobilized
to the RAF Reserve on 28 February 1919. Serving again during the Second
World War, Mason was posted to Londonderry, Northern Ireland, with a
position having to do with the North Atlantic Fleet. He settled
in Londonderry, was married, and lived there until his death. His son says he
died in December 1967 or January 1968.