Ada Mason
Aida Mason
Birth: 24 September 1895
Chesterfield, Derbyshire, England, UK
Death: 9 February 2007
Upton, West Yorkshire, England, UK
Age: 111 years, 138 days
Country: UK Flag UK
Ada Mason (née Wagstaff; 24 September 1895 – 9 February 2007) was a verified British supercentenarian who was the oldest living person in the United Kingdom following the death of fellow 111-year-old Scotswoman Annie Knight on 27 November 2006, and held the title unti her own death on 9 February 2007, at age 111 years, 138 days.[1]


Mason was born in Chesterfield, England, and was schooled until age 13, whereupon she went into service in Bradford with a family who ran an off-licence.[2] She later married John Mason, a miner, in 1914, after which they lived together at Upton, West Yorkshire until John died in 1962. Mason spent time with John at Butlins in Filey and Skegness where she worked making sandwiches. Ada had an aunt who lived to 104.[2]

Mason outlived all five of her children and attributed her long life to eating bread dripping with salt every day[3], along with clean living. Mason lived independently until the age of 110, after which she moved into a nursing home.[2] Upon her death, then-110-year-old Florrie Baldwin became the oldest living person in the UK.


United Kingdom's Oldest Living Person Titleholders (VE)

Jane Raby • Frances Smith • William Walker • Ann Russell • Eliza Roff • Ellen Palmer • Rachel MacArthur • Rachel Swain • Mary Davey • Thomas Pope • John Christian Francklow • Rebecca Lees • Sarah Fitt • Elizabeth Sellwood • Matilda Coppins • Elizabeth Whitehead • Emma Rooke • Margaret Lunn • Julia Gray • Sarah Humphrey • Caroline Beale • Fanny Hopkins • Elizabeth Etheridge • Sophia Wellstead • Rhoda Harris • Emma Weeks • Edith Grellier • Mary Worthington • Jane Stoneman • Ellen Dart • Elizabeth Kensley • Hannah Smith • John Mosley Turner • Ada Roe • Alice Stevenson • Elizabeth Watkins • Frederick Butterfield • Rose Heeley • Agnes Helyar • James Harrow • Sarah Morgan • Lilias Williams • Florence Pannell • Jeanetta Thomas • Alice Brewster • Anna Eliza Williams • Kate Begbie • Charlotte Hughes • Daisy Adams • Rebecca Hewison • Annie Scott • Rachel Wieselberg • Lucy Jane Askew • Annie Jennings • Eva Morris • Amy Hulmes • Nellie Bradley • Gladys Hawley • Lucy d'Abreu • Edith Ingamells • Emmeline Brice • Annie Knight • Ada Mason • Florrie Baldwin • Eunice Bowman • Annie Turnbull • Elsie Steele • Margaret Fish • Violet Wood • Grace Jones • Ethel Lang • Gladys Hooper • Bessie Camm

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