- Second World War (1939-1945)
- 2nd Battalion The Lancashire Fusiliers, 11th Infantry Brigade, 78th Infantry Division, British Army
- Awarded on:
- August 24th, 1944
"On 24th April 1944, Sergeant Mason was commanding a medium machine gun section on a ridge facing CASSINO monastery. Although the position was overlooked from the monastery in front and MONTE CAIRO in the rear, Sergeant Mason never hesitated to engage the monastery area offensively, although accurate and heavy fire was invariably returned.
His position was heavily shelled from the rear and a direct hit was registered in one of his posts, killing and wounding half his section. Despite this continued shell fire and regardless of his own safety, Sergeant Mason immediately dressed the wounded and organised their difficult evacuation down the rocky and precipitous slope to the Regimental Aid Post. He then resumed his position at the gun and manned it himself until a reserve section could be sent up. Sergeant Mason showed courage of the highest order and his example and leadership held the platoon together in a very difficult and critical situation."