John George “Jack” Mason

John George “Jack” Mason

Tyne and Wear, England
Death 9 Apr 1979 (aged 81)
Naples, Collier County, Florida, USA
Burial Beverly Hills, Oakland County, Michigan, USA
Memorial ID 155837304 · View Source
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Compiled primarily from the notes of Robert Phillips, his son-in-law:
John George Mason was born and grew up in the Byker area of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, England. He was the second of three sons born to Margaret Jane (née Burn) and John George Mason, for whom he was named.

In 1914, despite being underage, he joined the British Army in the start of World Was I. He served in the Northumberland Fusiliers and was assigned to a unit of Royal Engineers.* Normally such units are employed building fortifications, digging trenches, stringing barbed wire, etc, but on Apr 22, 1915, the Germans began using poison gas, near Ypres. The British Army responded by using gas against the Germans. Jack’s unit was converted into a “Special Coy” that employed gas warfare against the Germans. A record of that unit’s activities (see posted image) shows how the gas was deployed (either by canister or artillery shells). This was the beginning of gas warfare, which was later outlawed by the Geneva Convention.

After the War there was limited opportunity in the UK and in 1923, with assistance from his mother, Jack immigrated to the US. He went directly to Detroit where he found a job at Ford Motor Company. While at Ford, he became acquainted with another Brit, from Northern Ireland, who had also recently immigrated along with his new bride and her sister, Sally Wilson. The Brit was Robert Miskelly and his new bride was Margaret (Wilson), soon to become known as Aunt Peggy. Jack married Sarah Wilson in 1929. They had their only child, Margaret Rose, in 1932. Jack and Sally encouraged and supported their daughter in her academic accomplishments – practicing French with her father was one of Margaret’s fond memories, who recalled that he had picked up this skill while serving in Belgium (Flanders) and northern France.

Sometime in the mid to late 1930s, Jack switched jobs and went to work for Vickers, also in Detroit. He stayed there until retiring in 1967. In 1968, he and Sally left Detroit, moving to a new home in Naples, Florida, which had been their favorite vacation spot. Jack was able to work on his golf game, and enjoyed his retirement in Naples. His wife Sally continued to live in their Naples house after Jack passed in 1979.
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