James Mansfield

Thank you to Bruce Kettles for providing the service file


Sep 4, 1885

Born in Aylmer, Ontario


Oct 18, 1917

Medical exam performed under the MSA (Military Service Act) of 1917 in Nelson, British Columbia and declared fit for service. 


Feb 18, 1918

Conscripted into the 1st Depot Battalion, British Columbia Regiment in Vancouver, British Columbia

Ø      Number 2021710

Ø      Next of kin given as James Mansfield, father, Aylmer, Ontario

Ø      Previous occupation given as labourer

Ø      No previous military experience given

Ø      Religion given as Church of England


May 15, 1918

Embarked the HMT Ajana in Halifax, Nova Scotia

May 27, 1918

Disembarked in Liverpool, England and proceeded to Seaford.  On arrival there, the draft was absorbed into the 1st Reserve Battalion for further training.  Prior to beginning the training however, the draft was placed in segregation.  I suspect this was a result of some cases of influenza onboard the ship.


Jun 14, 1918

Released from segregation to begin training.


Sep 13, 1918

Transferred to the 29th Battalion


Sep 14, 1918

Arrived at the CIBD (Canadian Infantry Base Depot) in Etaples, France as part of a draft of 609 reinforcements from England and TOS (Taken On Strength) the 29th Battalion


Sep 16, 1918

Left the CIBD and joined the CCRC (Canadian Corps Reinforcement Camp) in Aubin St. Vaast


Sep 29, 1918

Transferred to the 21st Battalion


Sep 30, 1918

TOS the 21st Battalion and left the CCRC to join the battalion


Oct 2, 1918

Joined the 21st Battalion preparing for the advance on the Hindenburg Line


Oct 11, 1918

Just 9 days after joining the battalion, Private Mansfield was killed while advancing on a German position, between Iwuy and Avesnes-le-Sec.  He was first reported missing, but his body was located and buried in the Niagara Cemetery near Iwuy.

Following the war his next of kin could not be located and no medals or decorations were issued


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