Chailey Heritage School Old Scholars Association
Paul Mason - In Memoriam
          Paul, who sadly died in 2013, entered Chailey as a 4 year old in 1952 and I believe he remained at the school until he left in his teens.  He had a badly deformed spine and spent much of his early life in a plaster bed or in hospital undergoing surgery.  However, as a adult he lived a full life and was employed full-time until retirement in an administrative post with BOAC (later BA) at Heathrow Airport. He was passionate about trains from a very young age (as evidenced by one of the photos I have of him at a Chailey Parents' Day) and became a shareholder in a steam locomotive, spending time most weekends in restoring, maintaining and running the engine.  He was a shareholder in Clan Line (a Merchant Navy class Pacific locomotive) and a member of the Merchant Navy Locomotive Preservation Society Ltd.  He was also a member of the North Yorkshire Moors Historical Railway Trust Ltd. He was also an excellent shot and belonged to a gun club all his life, winning many competitions and trophies. He was a member of the BA Pistol Club and the Marylebone Rifle & Pistol Club. After he died we discovered that he was a Governor of the RNLI, to whom he left his house (although he was not a boating or swimming enthusiast). He also left legacies to the Merchant Navy Locomotive Preservation Society and the Marylebone Rifle and Pistol Club. Paul was the most lovely man who never complained and never uttered a bad word about anyone.  He had a somewhat tragic life as his father, Ernest Mason, was killed in a car accident in 1963 when Paul was still at Chailey.  He drove into a tree on his way home from work when it is believed he fell asleep at the wheel.  My mother remembers that Paul was called out of class to be given the news by the Headmaster at Chailey.  Dr Terri Sandison, Paul’s second cousin and closest living relative. Terri would very much like to hear from you if you remember Paul. If you do please email her at Paul Photos Paul’s Letters Home Other Documents
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