17 April 2017

Mason Booth

With the unusual name of Mason George Booth it wasn't difficult to find all the basic details about this NSW soldier. However, I kept going around in circles and got no where.
The story that came with the medals when they were found on the side of the road near Orange NSW. The medals were inside a glass case exactly like my Nana used to use in the 1970s, but I digress. The medals went through several sets of hands before being sent to the Directorate of Honours and Awards finally forwarded to me.
Mason was originally from Wagga Wagga and the records showed that there where many families with this name in that region. On enlistment Mason was in Sydney then following WWII he settled on the Central Coast. Following his death he was buried at Raymond Terrace. While the basics were there and I could find distant relatives, the location of his children alluded me.
The strategies I used in this search was to arrange a radio interview on ABC Central Coast, write to cemetery where Mason is buried and revisit the search on no fewer than 14 occasions.
During the most recent review I found a Mason on an Ancestry family tree which I hadn't came across before. This tree is owned by Bernie who answered my message almost immediately to tell me that he was sure that both Mason's son and daughter had moved back to Wagga Wagga. I made a couple of educated guesses and today I cold called a Wagga Wagga number and ended up speaking to Mason's sister in law.
My search took me all over NSW and it circled back to where Mason was born.
The returned medal tally is now 2075.





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