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Thomas Mason

"Tam"

Thomas Mason

(Passed – 2009)

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(Passed – 2009)

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This memorial is dedicated to Thomas Mason. It is with deep regret that the Ministry of Defence must confirm the death of Corporal Thomas 'Tam' Mason from The Black Watch, 3rd Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland (3 SCOTS), at the Royal Centre for Defence Medicine, Selly Oak Hospital, on Sunday 25 October 2009.
Corporal Thomas Mason was injured when an improvised explosive device detonated during an operation in Kandahar province on 15 September 2009. Despite the best efforts of medical staff, both in theatre and back in the UK, over a period of nearly six weeks, he sadly died as a result of his wounds.
Corporal Thomas Mason, known as Tam, was 27. He was born in Bellshill, Glasgow, and brought up in
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Rosyth, Fife. He joined the Army in February 2005 and, after completing basic training, he joined the Battalion in Warminster, Wiltshire.
He deployed to Afghanistan on Operation HERRICK in 2006 before returning for a promotion course. He qualified as a Mortar Fire Controller in 2007 and was promoted to corporal. He deployed again to Afghanistan in March 2009.
Corporal Mason's wife, Kylie Mason, paid the following tribute:
"I have thought long and hard to find the right words to describe how Tam was and what he meant to me. But there are no words in the world that would even come close to describe what a great husband Tam was. He was the most genuine and kindest man I have ever known.
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"He was my best friend and my wonderful husband. I am distraught that this has happened and still finding it extremely difficult to come to terms with the fact that I have lost my honey.
"I am also aware what a great soldier Tam was and how passionate he was about his job. The reason he loved his job so much was he had such fantastic friends in the Army who are equally as courageous as Tam was.
"I have so many happy memories of Tam that I am finding it difficult to pick out my most memorable or joyous occasion. However If I had to select one special day it has to be the day we were married which was the best day of my life.
"I know that I had struck gold with him and even though I am
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devastated and hurt that he has been taken from me I value and greatly appreciate the time we had together and will cherish these memories forever."
"There are no words in the world that would even come close to describe what a great husband Tam was. He was the most genuine and kindest man I have ever known."
Sergeant Gordon 'Goggs' Porter, Mortar Fire Controller, said:
"Tam was a great friend who had a wicked sense of humour with his ready smile he was always there to cheer you up. Tam will be greatly missed by all the members of the Platoon and indeed the Battalion all our thoughts go out to his family at this time.
"Tam was an excellent Junior NCO who set an example that we all should
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aspire to. He had the full trust of all his colleagues and friends. His professionalism shone through in all his undertakings always producing exceptional results even in the most arduous of conditions.
"He was a man of immense courage bringing in fire for his friends even when his own position was precarious and latterly with his long fight for his own life. Tam is an irreplaceable member of the Platoon and the Battalion. We will miss you mate."
Corporal Jamie Rock, Mortar Fire Controller, said:
"Tam Mason was a very close friend who was always there to help you with anything no matter what. He was an outgoing person – he was always playing pranks on other guys but was always first
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to laugh when they were played on him. The Army was his life. He had many ambitions and I am sure he would have succeeded. Tam touched many peoples' hearts and will be missed deeply but knowing Tam he would want everyone to have a good time for him and not for us to get ourselves down. You mean so much mate RIP. Tam, you will be sorely missed."
Private Kyle McIntosh said:
"Tam had his own brand of humour that will be what I will always remember about him, always there to listen to the jocks and never one to be to critical of others. An inspiration to the younger members of the platoon, he will be a void that the platoon will never fill with such a character again. RIP mate."
Private John Lowson
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said:
"Corporal Tam Mason was a good friend. He was always up for a laugh and was good at his job. I knew Tam when he came to Charlie Company in Belfast. He was a good mortar fire controller and a good signaller. Tam taught me my trade and he will always be in my heart."
Private Benui Tawake said:
"Tam Mason was highly motivated no matter what the task. He was always willing to help anyone in need and was always easily approachable if you had a problem or just wanted a chat. He will be sorely missed by everyone in the Platoon. Rest in Peace Brother."
This memorial is to honour the life of Thomas Mason and the ultimate sacrifice he made. May he rest in peace.
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Thomas Mason

This memorial is dedicated to Thomas Mason. It is with deep regret that the Ministry of Defence must confirm the death of Corporal Thomas 'Tam' Mason from The Black Watch, 3rd Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland (3 SCOTS), at the Royal Centre for Defence Medicine, Selly Oak Hospital, on Sunday 25 October 2009.
Corporal Thomas Mason was injured when an improvised explosive device detonated during an operation in Kandahar province on 15 September 2009. Despite the best efforts of medical staff, both in theatre and back in the UK, over a period of nearly six weeks, he sadly died as a result of his wounds.
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