Robert Stanley MASON
Rank: Private
Number: 16534
Unit: 1st Battalion CHESHIRE Regiment
Date of Death: 24 April 1916
Age: 24
Cemetery: Arras Memorial, France

Robert was born in Reddish and was still living there when he volunteered for the army in September 1916. He was married and lived at 17 David Street. He worked in the local cotton industry at Spur Doubling Mill. The Mill's address was given at the time as Greg Street but the building is on Broadstone Hall Road South.

He relaxed as a member of Houldsworth Working Men's Club and also played in the Reddish Prize Band. Army records indicate Roberet must have maintained his musical interest as he became  a bugler in the Battalion band.

On 24 April 1916, three companies of the Battalion moved forward from support trenches and took over a section of the front line, relieving the 1st Bedfordshires. "A" Company joined the others from rest billets in Arras. Official records make no mention of casualties and it is not possible, therefore, to know what happened to Robert. If he was properly buried, the location of his grave was lost and he is now commemorated on the Memorial to the Missing.

   
           
   
     
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