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Thursday, 22 August 2013

The Royal Free hospital is transferring its archive collections to London Metropolitan Archives. Manchester City Library reopens in Spring 2014. Certificate of Honour that was awarded to Frederick Joseph Mason 1914-15.

From the FFHS comes the following announcement The Royal Free Hospital is transferring its archive collections to London Metropolitan Archives. The reading room at the Royal Free Archive Centre will close on 13 September. The collections are due to become available at the LMA in early 2014. During the move, we will continue to answer as many remote enquiries as possible, subject to staff and document availability.

Further afield the Manchester City Library, following major refurbishment and extension, Manchester City Library reopens in Spring 2014. Current temporary arrangements will change on 15 September, when the Manchester Room at City Library, at Elliot House, Deansgate and the Greater Manchester County Record Office will both close. From then until Manchester Central Library re-opens there will be restricted access to their holdings. You can find more details at this link. Manchester and Lancashire Family History Society will remain open during this period.

NWKFHS will be recognising  the Anniversary of the start of WWI in various ways throughout 2014.  During the build up to August 2014 the Society will also publish on this blog items that may be of interest to those researching ancestors during the 1914-18 war. This time it is a Certificate of Honour that was awarded to Fred Mason (Frederick Joseph Mason) by the Norfolk Education Committee for regularity of attendance during the year 1914-15 at his school at Trowse, Norfolk.


Fred Mason was the youngest son of Charles and Alice, nee Farrow, Mason of Trowse, Norfolk, Charles was a Carter at the Coleman Mustard Works at Trowse.

The 1911 census gives the following information:

Trowse, Norwich:

Charles Mason, Head, born abt 1858 53 Male Married,   Carter At Mustard Works. Born Stoke Upon Trent, Staffordshire.
Alice Mason, Wife, born abt 1868 43 Female, Married   15 years Born Howe, Norfolk.
Herbert Farrow, Stepson, born abt 1892 19 Male, Single   Mustard Worker. Born: Alpington, Norfolk.
Sidney Mason, Son, born abt 1896 15 Male, Single,   Painter Lawrence & Teotts Born Trowse, Norfolk.
Alfred Mason, Son, born abt 1898 13 Male, School, Born Trowse, Norfolk.
Edith Mason, Daughter, born abt 1901 10 Female, School, Born Trowse, Norfolk.
Frederick Mason, Son, born abt 1902 8 Male, School. Born  Trowse, Norfolk.
Florence Mason, Daughter, born abt 1907 4 Female, School. Born Trowse, Norfolk.
The 1901 census shows that there were other children born to Charles Mason from a previous marriage.
James Mason Son 20 born abt 1881 Male Honingham Norfolk.
William Mason Son 16 born abt 1885 Male Easton Norfolk.
Millicent Mason Daughter 13 born abt 1888 Female Trowse Norfolk.
Sarah Mason Daughter 11 born abt 1890 Female Trowse Norfolk.
The Head Teacher who signed the Certificate was Arthur Tuck who in 1911 lived at West Wymer, Norwich with his wife Mary and two children, Hilda and Arthur C Tuck who was also a Clerk at the Coleman Mustard Works, Trowse.

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