Charles Alfred Robe Mason.  Reproduced with permission A & H Mason

Charles Alfred Robe Mason. Reproduced with permission A & H Mason

Charles Alfred Robe Mason was born on 10 May 1895 at Forest Range.  He was a gardener.

Parents : George Albert Mason and Fanny Eglington of Forest Range.

EnlistedService Number – 2388 – enlisted 27 June 1915 at Keswick, South Australia.  27th Battalion.  

Action : Received a Military Medal and was promoted to Corporal for single-handedly attacking and killing or driving off the enemy on 2 September 1918 near Peronne in France.  Military Medal, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal.  See AIF projectAustralian War Memorial and National Archives for further information.

Died : Killed in action on 3 October, 1918 in France and buried at Mount St Martin  British Cemetery.

Buried : His remains were exhumed and moved to Bellicourt British Cemetery, 7 miles from St Quentin, in 1920.


  1. Charles Albert Robe (born Forest Range, SA, 10 March 1895, died France, 3 October 1918)
  2. Myrtle Jane (born Walkers Flat, Nairne, SA, about 1897, died Forest Range, SA, 30 May 1902)
  3. Clarence George (born Forest Range, SA, 13 May 1899, died Norwood, SA, 19 January, 1958)
  4. Irene Anna Mary (born Forest Range, 20 August 1902, died 5 July 1943, married name Pomeroy)
  5. Leonard William (born Rose Park, SA, 23 August 1903, died Paris Creek, SA, 8 April, 1956)
  6. Meryl Victoria (born Rose Park, SA, 16 August 1905, 18 February 1976, married name Brown
  7. Dorothy Fanny (born Rose Park, SA, 1 December 1907, died 12 February 1948, married name Samwell)
  8. Percy Albert (born 17 February 1910, died 17 November 1958)
  9. Laurice Leslie (born 31 July 1912, died Lobethal, SA, 12 August 1955)
  10. Cyril James (born Rose Park, SA 9 April 1916 died Christies Beach, SA, 28 July 1977)
  11. Ruth (born 13 July 1918, died 8 July 1991, married name Aufderheide)


3 thoughts on “Mason, Charles Alfred Robe

  1. My mother Ruth Aufderheide (nee Mason) was the youngest sister of Charles Alfred Robe Mason who died in France 3rd October 1918 just 3 months after mum was born on 13th July 1918. Mum spoke of him but never knew him. I believe he was awarded the military medal, a plaque and scroll and I wondered who might have them now? A photo was posted by A & H Mason, not sure who this is? Would like to find out. Mums parents both passed away when she was young (13) and Mum passed away in 1991. My grandmother was Fanny Eglinton, not sure if or how she was related to the Eglinton brothers who also died in WW1. I would be very interested in finding our more about her family history.

    • After Anzac Day we will post more on this story for you Vicki. I have seen the military medal and we have included photos of that medal and his others in our book, launching tomorrow. The photo on the website was from Ashely and Harleigh Mason, but the family member who has the medals has many more photos, some of which we have used. Some should be at the Lenswood School after our service tomorrow. That family lives at Lenswood and are about the same generation as you from Fanny. Fanny had many siblings. Thomas, her bother, was the father to the Eglinton boys. Betsie, her sister, was the mother to Norman Hocking. So Fanny’s father and mother lost FIVE grandsons in this district killed in the war. Charles Robe Eglinton, the father, built a stone house at Forest Range and when he sold he sold to my great grandfather. I look at the house every day as it is my nearest neighbour at Forest Range. Email me via the email address on this site if you need more. Otherwise come to Lenswood tomorrow (where there will be quite a few Eglintons) or stay tuned to this website over the next month.

      • Thank you I would like to download a copy of this book after ANZAC. I will look forward to your future posts. Thanks again, Vicki

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