Albert Edward Mansfield

Dec 1, 1870

Born in Toronto, Ontario to Joseph and Sarah Catherine (nee Sinclair) Mansfield


Mar 22, 1915

Attested into the 21st Battalion in Kingston, Ontario


Ø  Number 59633 (temporary number 1290)

Ø  Next of kin given as Mr. FJ Mansfield, brother, 87 Grand River Ave., Detroit, Michigan, USA

Ø  Previous occupation given as Clerk

o   Later noted as Newspaper Publisher

Ø  No previous military experience given

Ø  Religion given as Baptist

Ø  Posted to the Depot Company

o   Employed as Batman to the Medical Officer

Albert Mansfield lied about his age, stating he was born in 1888, not his actual birth year of 1870

The 21st Battalion trained in the Kingston, Ontario area through the winter of 1914-15.


May 6, 1915

Embarked the RMS Metagama in Montreal, Quebec





May 15, 1915

Disembarked in Devonport, England and the battalion proceeded to the West Sandling Camp, near Hythe, Kent to continue training


Jun 17, 1915

Admitted to the Moore Barracks Canadian Hospital with a diagnosis that reads Pneumonia


Jul 1, 1915

Discharged to duty from hospital


Aug 28, 1915

Posted to “A” Company


Sep 9, 1915

Ceased to be employed as Batman to Medical Officer and posted to Headquarters Section


Sep 14, 1915

Embarked the St. Seiriol in Folkestone



Sep 15, 1915

Disembarked in Boulogne, France and the battalion proceeded to St. Omer


Feb 26, 1916

Admitted to the No. 5 CFA (Canadian Field Ambulance) with a diagnosis that reads Bronchitis and placed in the Division Rest Station in Godewaersvelde, France


Mar 7, 1916

Discharged to duty from the rest station


May 10, 1916

While under attack at the St. Eloi Craters in Belgium, Private Mansfield was partially buried by the explosion of a nearby shell.  When pulled out by his comrades, he was semi-conscious and evacuated to the dressing station where he was treated by the Medical Officer


Apr 11, 1916

Admitted to the No. 6 Canadian Field Ambulance with diagnosis that reads Shell Shock


Apr 12, 1916

Transferred to the No. 17 Casualty Clearing Station before being transferred to the No. 4 General Hospital in Camiers, France


Apr 19, 1916

Transferred to the Canadian Convalescent Depot in Boulogne


May 1, 1916

Discharged from hospital care and reported to the Canadian Base Depot in Etaples


May 18, 1916

Classified “PB” (Permanent Base) by Medical Board meaning he was unfit for combat duty and transferred to the No. 3 General Base Depot in Boulogne


May 26, 1916

Invalided to England

On arrival in England, he was admitted to the Granville Canadian Special Hospital in Ramsgate

Transferred to the CCAC (Canadian Casualty Assembly Centre) for pay purposes while in hospital


Jul 25, 1916

Forfeited 4 days pay for being absent


Sep 12, 1916

Discharged from hospital and reported to the Canadian Casualty Assembly Centre in Folkestone


Sep 19, 1916

Attached to the 39th Reserve Battalion in West Sandling


Oct 26, 1916

Attached to the CTDHQ (Canadian Training Depot Headquarters) for light duty employment as a Clerk


Nov 17, 1916

Ceased to be attached and joined the Canadian Casualty Assembly Centre in Folkestone


Nov 21, 1916

Sentenced to 14 days Field Punishment No. 1 and fined $6.00 for being drunk


Dec 2, 1916

Attached to the CPC (Canadian Pay Corps) in London for light duty


Dec 22, 1916

Reported to be AWL (Absent Without Leave)


Jan 12, 1917

Court of Inquiry declares him to be illegally absent and forfeited 21 day’s pay in addition to a stoppage of pay in the amount of $31.90 for missing kit.

SOS (Struck Off Strength) the Canadian Army Pay Corps as a deserter and his file returned to the Canadian Casualty Assembly Centre


Feb 10, 1917

Arrested by civil police in Ramsgate as he was in uniform and had no pass


Feb 15, 1917

On being turned over to the military authorities he was attached to the 6th Reserve Battalion and placed in the guard room in East Sandling


Mar 9, 1917

Tried by District Court Martial in Seaford and charged with Desertion

After testimony was given with regards to his history of Shell Shock and Neurasthenia, and the fact that when arrested he was wearing his uniform, he was found not guilty of Desertion, but Guilty of Absent Without Leave and sentenced to 50 days Detention


Mar 10, 1917

Attached to the Eastern Ontario Regimental Depot for pay purposes while in detention


Mar 18, 1917

Transferred to the 6th Reserve Battalion for pay purposes while in detention


Apr 17, 1917

Released from detention

Transferred to the 21st Battalion


Apr 18, 1917

Proceeded to France and arrived at the CBD (Canadian Base Depot) in Etaples, France as part of a draft of 43 reinforcements from England and Taken On Strength of the 21st Battalion


Apr 21, 1917

After leaving the base depot, Private Mansfield rejoined the 21st Battalion in support west of Thelus, France


May 1, 1917

Admitted to the No. 1 CFA (Canadian Field Ambulance) with a diagnosis that reads PUO (Pyrexia of Unknown Origin), a fever without a known cause, often called Trench Fever


May 29, 1917

Discharged to duty with the No. 2 CIBD (Canadian Infantry Base Depot) in Etaples, France


Jul 6, 1917

Transferred to the 1st Canadian Labour Battalion


Jul 7, 1917

Private Mansfield joined the 1st Canadian Labour Battalion in Peronne, France as part of a draft of 70 reinforcements


Oct 4, 1917

Admitted to the 1/2 South Midland Field Ambulance with a diagnosis that reads NYD (Not Yet Determined) and transferred the same day to the No. 62 CCS (Casualty Clearing Station).  He was then transferred to the No. 32 Stationary Hospital where the diagnosis was changed to read Neurasthenia and Debility


Oct 14, 1917

Invalided to England aboard the Hospital Ship Princess Elizabeth


On arrival in England, he was admitted to the 2nd Western General Hospital in Manchester

Transferred to CORD (Central Ontario Regimental Depot) for pay purposes while in hospital


Nov 5, 1917

Transferred to the Canadian Military Convalescent Hospital in Woodcote Park, Epsom

On admission noted as suffering from nervousness, shortness of breath and continual irritability.  His appetite and digestion are poor


Feb 18, 1918

Transferred to the General Depot in Shorncliffe for pay purposes while in hospital


Mar 12, 1918

Transferred to the No. 5 General Hospital in Kirkdale, Liverpool


Apr 15, 1918

Embarked the Hospital Ship Araguaya and invalided to Canada



Apr 25, 1918

Disembarked in Halifax, Nova Scotia and proceeded to Kingston, Ontario


Apr 28, 1918

Admitted to the Queen’s Military Hospital in Kingston

On admission was noted as nervous and uncomfortable when examined.  Has tremors in his fingers and his appetite is fair, but improving.  Complains of pain in his hips in damp weather. 

Glasses were provided to correct vision and extra nourishment was ordered.


Jun 24, 1918

Discharged from hospital to duty with the Military District No. 3 Casualty Company in Kingston


Jul 5, 1918

Discharged from the CEF in Kingston, Ontario

Ø  Rank on discharge Private

Ø  Entitled to War Service Badge Class “A”

Ø  Proposed residence on discharge Syracuse, New York, USA

Following the end of the war, the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medals were sent to him at 515 East Washington St., Syracuse, New York, USA

Albert Mansfield married Ethel Leona Henderson while living in Syracuse


Sep 15, 1951

Albert Edward Mansfield died in Phoenix, Arizona, USA and was buried in the Greenwood Memory Lawn Cemetery in Phoenix

At the time of his death, his widow, Ethel Mansfield, gave the address as 501 West Vermont Ave., Phoenix and his occupation was listed as Drug Salesman


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