GARRISON SERGEANT MAJOR A.G. 'Perry' MASON MVO MBE
COLDSTREAM GUARDS


I have been honoured by former GSM Alan 'Perry' Mason MVO MBE to produce a web site which will record his
forty years service with Her Majesties Coldstream Regiment of Foot Guards.
From his joining as a Junior Guardsman to the senior Warrant Officer in the British Army.
The words unique and legend are often used out of context, in this case it describes our subject perfectly.
We can say with confidence his record will never be surpassed.
To spent the last fifteen years of his military service as Garrison Sergeant Major London District,
after being appointed to most of the senior positions within the armed forces is without precedent.
The sheer amount of material that has been amassed during that service is indescribable,
hundreds of photographs, hundreds of awards, commendations and congratulations from all over the world.
It is the essence of our subject that this life's work has been recorded with the same immaculate precision that he has given to his duties during the last forty years.
We will strive not just to deliver this information but to endeavor to portray the real gentleman
behind this true Coldstreamer.
M.C. Finkill Vice President Coldstream Guards Association
I wish to pay respect
to all those comrades who have assisted in this project.


A Master of Ceremony

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A Pen Picture of WO1 GSM A.G 'Perry' Mason MVO MBE

Alan Mason enlisted into the Coldstream Guards at Middlesborough Recruiting Office
on 8th May 1962 at the age of 15 as a Junior Guardsman.
He undertook his basic training at Pirbright and attained the rank of Junior Drum Major.
On passing out in March 1965, he was posted to the 2nd. Battalion and departed for Aden,
returning to the UK in late 1965.
After an outstanding year he was promoted to Lance Corporal in February 1966 and then quickly promoted to Lance Sergeant in October of the same year.
He was posted to the Guards Depot at Pirbright in 1968 as a Drill and Weapons Instructor and
was promoted to Sergeant in 1969.
After an extremely successful tour he returned to the 2nd. Battalion in 1972 and was appointed
Company Quartermaster Sergeant No 4 Company.
In 1973 he was posted to the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst as a Colour Sergeant Instructor.
He was promoted to Warrant Officer Class II in 1976 and posted to the Guards Depot Pirbright,
Company Sergeant Major, Caterham Company.
In 1977 he was posted to 1st. Battalion as Company Sergeant Major No. 4 Support Company
and left for a three year tour of Fallingbostal (Germany).
He was appointed Drill Sergeant in 1979.
On return, the Battalion was posted back to Caterham and in 1981 he was appointed
Regimental Quartermaster Sergeant.
In 1983 he was promoted to Warrant Officer Class One and appointed Regimental Sergeant Major
1st. Battalion Coldstream Guards based at Caterham and later in Hong Kong.
In 1986 he returned to London to understudy GSM Alex Dumon and in June 1987 he was appointed
Garrison Sergeant Major, London District, a post he held for 15 years.
GSM Mason was awarded the MBE in The Queen's Birthday Honours List in 1991 and the
MVO in Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother's 100th Birthday Honours List in August 2000.
He was given The Freedom of The City of London in October 1990
and selected as the True Englishman of Year by the St Georges Day Club in 2003.
In his final three years he took charge of the Queen's Golden Jubilee, the Queen Mother's 100th Birthday
and sadly her Lying in State and funeral.
During his service, he served in many countries throughout the world including Germany, Malta, Cyprus,
South Yemen, Zimbabwe, Hong Kong, Canada, The Falkland Islands and Northern Ireland.
His appearance, his style and integrity are legendary.
A true Coldstreamer who served 40 years with his Regiment.
He marked his retirement with a lone march past Her Majesty The Queen and Prince Philip at Buckingham Palace as part of the Golden Jubilee celebrations.
He is married to Sue, and has two daughters Susan and Jennifer and a son Alan
( who is a Major in the Royal Engineers)
and has five Grandchildren.

THE BEST JOB IN THE BRITISH ARMY
 
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