The Last Walk of Wilfred Mason Sheffield 1917

Three cuttings from the local press relating to Wilfred's last walk

Monday, Manchester Evening News dated 29th January 1917

Thursday Yorkshire Post 1st February 1917

Saturday Yorkshire Telegraph and Star 3rd February 1917.

From the newspaper reports, it is apparent that Wilfred should never have even left home that Friday, let-alone attempt to walk 16 miles through snowdrifts. At the time of his death he was 49 years of age and hardly in the first flush of youth. In addition his occupation as a post-office telegraphist would mean that he would not be used to meeting the conditions that faced him that weekend in the Peak District. In fact it is amazing that he managed to walk nine miles.

And who was the man that was "starved to death" on the road near Hathersage?      

Wilfred was buried in the family grave at Burngreave Cemetery, Sheffield

MASON, Alathea (Spinster, age 66). Died at 650 Barnsley Road; Buried on April 5, 1923 in General ground;
Grave Number 87, Section O2 of Burngreave Cemetery, Sheffield.
Parent or Next of Kin if Available: . Remarks: Officiating Minister, L Webster: Removed from Sheffield Parish.
MASON, Harriet A (Widow, age 83).Died at City General Hospital; Buried on August 13, 1948 in General ground;
Grave Number 87, Section O2 of Burngreave Cemetery, Sheffield.
Parent or Next of Kin if Available: . Remarks: Officiating Minister, R H Grierson: Removed from Sheffield Parish.
MASON, Henry (Driller, age 79). Died at 85 Scott Road; Buried on September 23, 1908 in General ground;
Grave Number 87, Section O2 of Burngreave Cemetery, Sheffield. Parent or Next of Kin if Available: . Remarks: Officiating Minister, C.G. Holt.
MASON, Olivia (wife of H Mason, age 65).Died at 13 Hooton St; Buried on September 18, 1897 in General ground; Grave Number 87, Section O2 of Burngreave Cemetery, Sheffield.
Parent or Next of Kin if Available: . Remarks: P Attending Minister: S S Henshaw. Plot Owner: H MASON of 13 Hooton Street.
MASON, Wilfred (Telegraphist, age 49). Died at Hundred Of High Peak, On The Moors; Buried on February 3, 1917 in General ground;Grave Number 87, Section O2 of Burngreave Cemetery, Sheffield.Parent or Next of Kin if Available: . Remarks: Res 85 Scott Rd: Officiating Minister H Gresford Jones, Removed from Pitsmoor Parish.

Sources

Yorkshire Telegraph and Star 3rd February 1917

Yorkshire Post 1st February 1917

Manchester Evening News dated 29th January 1917

Sheffield Indexers

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