Rank: Private
Number: 13764
Unit: 14th Battalion KINGS ROYAL RIFLE CORPS
Date of Death: 29 July 1915
Age: 21
Cemetery: Not known

Frank was born in 1895, the son of George Mason, a miner, and Mary Mason. The family lived at Mill Lane, Bredbury and when the Census was taken in 1901, it showed that Frank was the youngest of the family’s six children.

Nothing is known of Frank’s early life, except that he worked for a rubber manufacturer. On 2 June 1915, he travelled to Hyde and joined the army. He was assigned to the 14th Battalion of the Rifle Corps, which was one of its reserve training units at Winchester. His enlistment papers show him have been 5’ 8” tall and weighed 134 pounds.

Frank’s army life would be unfortunately brief. Within days of him starting training, it became clear that he had serious medical problems – mainly chronic bronchitis – which meant he could not undertake the physical work required. On 8 July, he was discharged back to civilian life and returned home. By the end of the month, he had developed meningitis and fallen into a coma. His condition never improved and he died on the 29th.

Although Frank’s military service was very brief, the local community wanted to commemorate his willingness to serve and his name was later included on the Bredbury War Memorial.

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