Daniel Masters: Tuesday 25th April 1916
Daniel was born in Wandsworth but enlisted in Merthyr while living in Glamorgan. Daniel became Private 14065 in the 1st Batt. King’s Shropshire Light Infantry. He died of wounds aged 33 and is buried in Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery.
This cemetery and the casualty clearing station which used it were close to the front but just out of reach of the German artillery near Ypres.
His parents, John and Elizabeth Masters, possibly lived at 103 Beechcroft Road. His father John was a retired Police Constable. He was one of 9 children and married Clara Louisa Smith on 1 October 1905 at St Nicholas Tooting. Clara remarried (Isaac) after Daniel’s death and moved to 24 Rookstone Road in Tooting. The census lists brothers David, William, James, Thomas, and brother Harry who is also on the SMM Memorial.
Thomas Masters was the second oldest son of John and Elizabeth. He joined the Royal Fusiliers as Private G25330, transferring into the Military Foot Police, Corps of Military Police as Acting Sergeant, dying in Mesopotamia on the 21 September 1919. He is buried at Baghdad (North Gate) War Cemetery, Iraq
He is not commemorated on the SMM Memorial, but he is commemorated on the Church’s Illuminated Roll of Honour.