CFHS code : AS322

Parish : All Saints

Inscription : In Memory of AGNES CHARTER MASON d 13 Oct 1947 aged 78 ALFRED NORMAN MASON d 15 Jan 1958 aged 84 and son ALFRED DAVID DECK[DEK] MASON died in Rangoon 9 May 1946 aged 19 [buried in Rangoon Military Cemetery] also KATHLEEN VALETTA MASON wife of AN MASON d 8 Nov 1963

Monument : Headstone/Kerb stones

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

Lat Lon : 52.203471, 0.136996 – click here for location

Mason grave
Mason monument

Monument

Headstone with kerb stones in the parish area of All Saints, located beside the western path as it bends right in a northerly direction just before the wall.

Inscription

‘In loving memory of Agnes Charter Mason
died 13 Oct 1947 aged 78’

‘Alfred Norman Mason
died 15 Jan 1958 aged 84’

‘And son Alfred David Deck Mason
died in Rangoon 9 May 1946 aged 19
[buried in Rangoon Military Cemetery]’

‘Also Kathleen Valetta Mason wife of A. N. Mason
died 8 Nov 1963’

Relationship: Husband, wife, son and  husband’s sister

Agnes Charter Mason (22 September 1869 ‒ 15 October 1947)

Agnes was the second child of Alfred and Jane (née Bradford) Mason and grew up at 26 Macolm Street (1871) and 18 Mill Lane (1881).  Her father was managing clerk for the University Press and she lived at home with them until their deaths. She then lived with her eldest sister Alice at Thorpe House, Summerfield, Newnham and died at Addenbrooke’s Hospital.

Alfred Norman Mason (26 July 1873 – 15 January 1958)

Alfred was the eldest son of Alfred and Jane Mason, brother of Agnes and in 1901  was working as a printer’s clerk at the University Press. In 1911 he was still living at home and was documented as a printer. He married Kathleen Deck in 1913 and they had one son: Alfred David Deck (1926-1946). The family lived at ‘Norvaleen’ (Norman + Valetta + Kathleen), Summerfield, Newnham.  By 1939 he had retired, and was still living at Norvaleen with Kathleen. Alfred died at Addenbrooke’s Hospital aged 84 years old.

Lieutenant Alfred David Deck Mason (25 May 1926 – 9 May 1946)see also Life Story page

Alfred  was the only child of Alfred and Kathleen Mason and was  baptised on 7 August 1926 at St Botolph’s Church. His grandfather, Arthur Deck, was a pharmacist, his shop being at 9 King’s Parade, Cambridge. His great-great grandfather, Isaiah Deck, had started the pharmacy in 1830 and was a distinguished mineralogist; Alfred’s great grandfather, also Isaiah Deck, maintained the pharmacy, but travelled to Egypt in search of diamonds, and had a wild plan to ship mummies to America to supply rags for paper-making!

Alfred served with the 1st Batallion, 10th Gurkha Rifles and died after the end of the war, on 9 May 1946 in Rangoon, aged 19, apparently as the result of a tragic accident. His body is buried in Rangoon Military Cemetery.

Kathleen Valetta Mason (née Deck)  (6 October 1882 – 8 November 1963)

Kathleen was the youngest daughter of Arthur (1925-1908)  and Charlotte (née Andrews) (1838-1916) Deck. Charlotte was Arthur’s second wife, and he had previously been married to her sister Mary (1828-1863). Arthur had a chemist/pharmacy shop at9  King’s Parade, where Kathleen was born and raised. In 1911 she was living at 28 Tenison Avenue, with her widowed mother and sister Charlotte and was working as a governess.  Kathleen died at the Fulbourn Hospital aged 81 years old.

Sources:
Commonwealth War Graves Commission
Gurkha Rifles
War Graves Photographic Project
St Botolph baptismal register

By Ian Bent and Claire Martinsen

Agnes Charter Mason; Alfred David Deck Mason; Alfred Norman Mason; Kathleen Valetta Mason