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i ♦- ' MAJOR MASEPIELD. News was received by cable on Friday that Major Robert Masefield, eldest son of Mr V. V. Ma9efield, of Akaroa, was killed in action at the front, fighting in France. It was known by his relatives that Major Masefield, who was on furlough in England at the time war broke out, j bad been appointed to the Ist Battalion of the King's (Shropshire Light Infantry) for service abroad with the British Expeditionary Force Hβ had been very keen to get; to the front, and was delighted at the opportunity bis furlough gave him, On Saturday, October 24, he met his death in action, Great sympathy is felt for his parents, Mr and Mrs V. V Masefield, in their sad loss. Major Masefield was born in Akaroa. At the age of nine be wap taken home to England, where be was adopted by bis uncle, Colonel Robert Masefield,

and educated for the army. He Lad bopD iii- rbu Indian Army for r» number of yo'ir3 v end on September 18, 1912, was appointed Major in the 2nd Battalion of the Shropshire Regiment, ba?pd on Trimuigherry (for Rangoon). Mnjor Masefield visited his relatives in New Zealand nine years ngo while on leave. He leaves a widow, a daughter of Colonel Lucas. He took the keenest interest, in New Zealand, and was very anxious to meet inemberr< of our Expeditionary Force, He is tbe first native of Banks Peninsula to meet his death in tbe war against Germany, and though be died the ideal death of the soldier, fighting for the Empire and liberty, his death will oot the less be deplored by a large circle of relations and friepds,

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OBITUARY., Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXIII, Issue 3449, 3 November 1914

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OBITUARY. Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXIII, Issue 3449, 3 November 1914

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