A Pen Picture
of WO1 GSM A.G 'Perry' Mason MVO MBE
Alan Mason enlisted into the Coldstream Guards at Middlesborough
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
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
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
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