Masterman was the grandson of William Brodie Gurney (and a distant relation to Elizabeth Fry through him) and the brother of the Liberal MP C.F.G. Masterman. He was the husband of Theresa and father of Cyril Masterman OBE.
Masterman was educated at University College School and St John's College, Cambridge. He was a distinguished academic and held incumbencies at St Aubyn's Church, Devonport and St Mary-le-Bow in the City of London before his ordination to the episcopate in 1923, a position he held until his death 10 years later. His hymn, "Almighty Father, who dost give", was included in The Australian Hymn Book, 1977, no.541, set to the tune "Vermont" by the Australian composer, Alfred Ernest Floyd.
- National Archives record
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- Ecclesiastical Intelligence. New Rector Of Bow Church The Times Monday, 27 May 1912; p. 4; Issue 39909; col C
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