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Burial Information

Name on burial register:
   John Hawe Mason
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Age at death:
Date of burial:
   30 August 1907
Abode at death:
(according to burial register)
   The Firs, Oxford Road,, Newbury
Burial register information:
Book number: 1899
Page number: 141
Record number: 8326
Official at burial:
   T A Armber
   Not sure about officials name
Source of information:
  Burial Register
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Memorial Details

  John Hawe MASON
  27 August 1907
  Pedestal Tomb on square plinth with "shield" panels
  Limestone with engraved letters
  North Facing Shield: In/ Affectionate remembrance of/ Elizabeth/ the wife of John H Mason/ who died Novr 1st 1877/ aged 55 years/ "Absent from the body/ present with the Lord/ And of/ John Hawe Mason/ who passed away Augt 27th 1907/ aged 90 years/ "Reunited"/ East facing shield: Sacred/ to the memory of/ Elizabeth Anne Mason/ eldest daughter of/ John H and E Mason/ who died Novr 24th 1875/ aged 25 years./" I heard a voice from heaven/ saying unto me. Write blessed/ are the dead which die in the/ Lord/ Also Emily/ who died Oct 29th 1878/ Aged 26 years. South facing shield: In/ Loving memory of/ Jessie Edith/ wife of Francis H Adnams/ of Speenhamland/ Newbury/ fourth daughter of/ John H and E Mason/ who died Jan 29th 1886/ aged 27 years/ Also Fanny/ who died March 30th 1943/ aged 83 years.
  Fair with some weather staining
  07 November 2012
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Other people list on this memorial

Elizabeth MASON
Elizabeth Anne MASON
Jessie Edith ADNAMS



Obituaries and Newspaper announcements

John Hawe Mason
Article source:    Newbury Weekly News and Mrs Pattison
Date of source:    05 September 1907
Copyright:    © Newbury Weekly News




The funeral of the late Mr. John Hawe Mason, J.P., took place on Friday afternoon, and abundant evidence was afforded of the widespread respect entertained throughout the town for the deceased gentleman. The flag was hoisted half-mast at the Town Hall, and all along the route of the procession there were the customary signs of mourning. The first part of the service was conducted in the Wesleyan Church, where for over sixty years the deceased had been a worshipper. As the congregation were assembling the organist (Mr. S.J. Lee Vincent) played “O rest in the Lord”.

The body, enclosed in a coffin covered with beautiful wreaths was conveyed from The Firs, Oxford-road, in a Washington car, and was met at the entrance gates by Rev. F. Hunter (Superintendent minister of the Newbury Circuit, Rev. E.P.Lowry (military chaplain) and Rev. T. H. Lomas, who preceded it into the church, which was filled by a sympathetic congregation. The service opened with the singing of the hymn “Give me the wings of faith to rise” followed by the reading of Psalm xc, and the lesson from Corinthians 1 xv 20-58 by Mr. Hunter. [etc]

The mourners included – Mr.John Mason, Mr. F.Mason, and Mrs Mason, Miss Mason, Mrs.W. A. Ingram, Mrs. L. E. Yeomans, Mr. Denis Mason, Mrs. A.H. Butler, Mr. F. Adnams, Mr. T. Nicholson, Dr. Wyllie. Mr. R. N. Holland, the nurse, the household servants at The Firs and employees at the firm, including Messrs Job Buckeridge, A. Lewis, E. Hedges, T. Perrett, H. Perris, W. Wheeler, R. Soper, and F. Brindley, also the gardeners. C. Powers and F. Smith. [etc]

Article source:    Newbury Weekly News
Date of source:    29 August 1907
Copyright:    © Newbury Weekly News




The death of Mr. John Hawe Mason, J.P., which occurred at his residence The Firs, Oxford-road , on Tuesday morning, was not altogether unexpected, for he had reached the great age of 90 and, although he had rallied in wonderful manner on former occasions, it was understood that this last illness was of a serious character from which recovery could scarcely be expected. The end was peaceful, Mr Mason passing away in his sleep.

To many of the younger generation the name of John Hawe Mason is little more than historical. He had outlived nearly all his contemporaries, two or three only being left, like Thomas Fidler and Charles Webb, who were associated with him in former years. The late Mr. Mason was born at Bilston, near Wolverhampton in 1817, two years after Waterloo. His father was the Rev. John Mason, who for many years held the important office of Book Steward in the Wesleyan Methodist Connexion. In 1840 young Mason came to Newbury, travelling by coach, two Newbury firms having advertised for an assistant. He entered the service of Mr. Killick, who was then head of a thriving grocery establishment in the Market-place. The new assistant proved a capable man, and quickly rose to the position of manager, and eventually partner. Thanks to Mr. Mason's management the business developed into a big concern, and later he took his two brothers, Philip and Henry, into partnership. The former went to Swindon, and then to New Zealand, and the latter (Mr Henry Mason) for a considerable time carried on business in Bartholomew-street. Mr. Mason afterwards took into partnership his son, Mr. John Mason, and the style of the firm became “Mason and Son,” as at present.

Though having many calls on his time as a business man, Mr. Mason took an active share in the public life of the borough, and his administrative capacity was much valued in many directions. He was a member of the Town Council for some years, and was Mayor of Newbury in 1856, the memorable year of the celebration of peace after the Russian War. As Mayor he entered into the arrangements with energy and enthusiasm, and largely owing to his admirable supervision, the celebration was a conspicuous success., the like of which has never been excelled in subsequent local demonstrations. Dinner was provided in the streets for all who chose to partake, and it was altogether a day, the memory of which is recalled by the older generation as one of the most remarkable in their lives. Mr. Mason became an Alderman and was appointed on the Commission of of the Peace for the Borough, probably in recognition of his patriotic service during his year of office. Mr. Mason was thus the “Father” of the Newbury Bench, and until recent years, when increasing years and his infirmity compelled a retirement from public life, he regularly discharged the duties of the magistracy, his judicial sagacity and clear judgment eminently fitting him for the post.

Mr Mason was actively associated with many of the business undertakings of the borough. He was a director and chairman of the Newbury Gas Company, and was actively concerned also with the Newbury Cemetery Company. He was a governor of St Bartholomew's Grammar School, and for a long time chairman of the Trustees of Municipal Charities, and to his energy and foresight the present Grammar School buildings are largely due. On the formation of the County Councils, Mr. Mason was a candidate for the representation of the north ward for the borough, but was unsuccessful by a few votes in securing election. However, the newly formed body paid a tribute to his worth by electing him as an alderman, in which capacity he rendered the town and county valuable service, his business ability being recognised by appointment on the Finance Committee, and his opinion and advice always carried much weight with his fellow members.

Member of an old Methodist family, Mr Mason was throughout his life, devoted to the interests of the Wesleyan body, in which he was regarded as a veritable “Mentor”.....


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John Hawe Mason
Mayor of Newbury 1855
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John Hawe Mason


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