Lieutenant Colonel D. H. C. Mason, DSO, OBE, VD was born in Toronto, Ontario on February 16, 1883, son of John Herbert Mason and Elizabeth Campbell. He attended Ridley College in St. Catherines and the University of Toronto where he graduated with his B.Sc in 1907. He then started his career as a chemical engineer.
He joined “K” Company of the Queen’s Own Rifles as a Rifleman in 1901. By 1904 he was commissioned as a Lieutenant and by 1913 was a Captain when he attended 5 days of Camp at Niagara for which he received $15 pay. Mason was a Major when he enlisted in the QOR company of the 3rd Battalion, Canadian Expeditionary Force on September 22nd, 1914.
Mason served with the 3rd Battalion through the war and commanded them when they entered Germany on December 4, 1918. He was wounded on several occasions, mentioned in despatches three times (LG 29890 dated 4.1.17, LG 31089 31.12.18, LG 31448 11.7.19) and award the Distinguished Service Order (Mount Sorrel – LG29713 19.8.16) and Bar (LG 31043 2.12.18) both for leading attacks under difficult circumstances (see record card below for citations.) In 1919 he was awarded the Order of the British Empire (LG 31370 3.6.19).
He continued his military service with the Militia after the returning from Europe first with the newly created Toronto Regiment which he commanded with a promotion to Lieutenant Colonel from 1921 to 1925, and later with its successor regiment, the Royal Regiment of Canada he commanded the 2nd Battalion (Reserve) in Canada from 1940 to 1943.
He also served as President of the Ridley College Old Boys Association during which he led the construction of a Chapel in memory of Ridlieans who were killed in the First World War, which was opened in June 1923.
In 1926 he married Dorothy Kingsford with who he had one daughter and two sons. After serving in WWII, son John died in Halifax June, 17, 1952 while on active service with the air force. After Dorothy’s death Mason remarried.
Mason died at the age of 85 on March 25, 1968 at Sunnybrook Hospital after a short illness.
- 1923 – Awarded Volunteer Officers Decoration (Long Service) (GO 98-23)