MASSON, Albert

Service Number: 7172
Enlisted: 10 October 1917
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 18th Infantry Battalion
Born: Rockdale, New South Wales, Australia, 1890
Home Town: Newcastle, Hunter Region, New South Wales
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Labourer
Died: Pneumonia, France, 8 December 1918
Cemetery: Le Cateau Communal Cemetery
Row I, Grave No. 54, Le Cateau Communal Cemetery, Le Cateau, Nord Pas de Calais, France
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Hamilton War Memorial, Wickham Public School Great War Honour Roll
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World War 1 Service

10 Oct 1917: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, 7172, 18th Infantry Battalion
19 Dec 1917: Involvement Private, 7172, 18th Infantry Battalion, --- :embarkation_roll: roll_number: '12' embarkation_place: Sydney embarkation_ship: HMAT Ulysses embarkation_ship_number: A38 public_note: ''
19 Dec 1917: Embarked Private, 7172, 18th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Ulysses, Sydney

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Biography contributed by Stephen Brooks

Albert’s two brothers 3191 Pte. Henry Masson and 3185 Pte. William M.D. Masson, both of the 53rd Battalion AIF, had enlisted together and were killed in action on the same day at Peronne, 1 September 1918. Both are buried in the Peronne Cemetery.

Another brother, 9442 Adam Andrew Allan Masson enlisted at the age of 16 and served with the 5th Field Artillery Brigade; returned to Australia in 1919.

Albert was 26 when he enlisted in October, 1917. He got to France in May, 1918, was wounded in August but later rejoined his battalion. He never returned to Australia, dying from influenza in December, 1918.