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NOTTINGHAM & DERBYSHIRE REGIMENT


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Any information will be greatly appreciated concerning Pte. John Mason, Nottingham & Derbyshire Regiment, who enlisted

in August, 1914. Biographical details (birthdate, birthplace, prewar and postwar life) and postings are all of interest.

Regards,

Trelawney

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Pte. John Mason No 72986 N&D enlisted 5/1/15 ??

Where did you get the enlistment date August 1914?

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Johnboy,

The RAF Muster Roll (April 1918) listed J. Mason's enlistment date as August, 1914, and his service number as 402765.

His MIC lists N & D Pte 2784 and RAF Pte 402765, which matches the service number for a service record in AIr 79

(707/77879) at the National Archives. Perhaps more than one John Mason; regrettably, no source I have seen gives

the battalion posting. If John Mason 72986 is the only man with that name with N & D Great War service, it is a place

to start--so thank you for that.

Trelawney

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I'll have another look using service no 2784.

Did he have a middle name?

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Sorry. No luck with a service record.

Perhaps if you look for men from N&D with service numbers + or - 150 of his you might get an idea as to where he enlisted. This might narrow down where he lived.

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2748 John Mason - I cannot find him on medal rolls. (I do not have M-Z for 14/15 star roll)

2742 Smithhurst was 1st battalion and joined up in 1908 but also 2742 - 1/6th Baker who enlisted 13/10/1914

2754 joined 21/9/1914 which would tie in with Mason but I have no battalion. Might be worth checking him out - Arthur Hunt.

It does seem to look good for a Sept/Oct enlistment date.

He is listed on the N&D nominal roll as - Mason J, 2748, RAF 402765 which means he did go overseas with them and is on the 14/15 star roll. 14/15 N&D rolls at Kew may have him and I would check there.

There are battalions we might rule out but we still have a large number to choose from. Does his medal index card have a date of entry into theatre?

Steve M

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Given that he has a 4 digit number and if he did enlist in Sept/Oct 1914, I would think he was in a TF battalion.

Local newspapers may also be of help once you find a birthplace.

Steve

ps - he was not in the 9th battalion, so only 20 odd to choose from!

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