We will examine the life of Rory Mason. We will look at how his death happened and what sent him to Ukraine.
Who was Rory Mason?
He is a 23 year old Irishman who was fighting in Ukraine.
Rory was from Dunboyne, Co Meath.
He was a former student of Dunboyne National school.
He was equally former student of St. Peters College.
He was said to have been working at Germany to raise funds for his ambitions.
He was unfortunately killed on 28th September,2022 in the Kharkiv region of Ukraine, not far from the Russian border.
He was survived by his parents Rob and Elizabeth.
He also had a younger brother of 22 years and sister of 21 years too.
Rob, his father who said they are “proud” of him described Rory as “drive and conviction”.
He further added: “Rory was a private young man of drive, purpose and conviction. Though we are deeply saddened at his death, we are enormously proud of his courage and determination and his selflessness in immediately enlisting to support Ukraine.
“Rory was never political, but he had a deep sense of right and wrong and an inability to turn the other way in the face of injustice. He had a long-standing interest in Eastern Europe, in travel and in learning new languages, including Russian.
“Those who fought alongside Rory speak of ‘a truly brave and courageous man who could have left at any time but chose not to’.
“In the words of a colleague who served with him, ‘Rory was a man who from a glance could seem shy, however, when it came to actions and character he proved again and again he was a man of fortitude, principal and honour’.
“Rory was our son and we will miss him enormously. As our family is still trying to come to terms with Rory’s death, we would appeal for privacy at this difficult time”.
Tributes pour in for Rory Mason
The International Legion for the Defence of Ukraine issued a statement which reads: “ Our brother in arms, Rory Mason has taken part in the Kharkiv counteroffensive with his unit and was killed in action. While conducting operations, the unit came under attack.
“We are in contact with the family and in coordination with them, following their wishes and instructions, the International Legion and the Armed Forces of Ukraine are handling the repatriation process. At this time, to protect operational security and the family’s privacy we cannot release more information.
“Rory’s memory will live on in his unit, in the Legion and the Armed Forces of Ukraine.
“We would ask for the family’s privacy to be respected at this difficult time.”