William Henry Mantell

Sep 26, 1876

Born in St. Pancras, England to David and Caroline Ann (nee Barr) Mantell


Jul 3, 1894

Volunteered with the Royal West Kent Regiment in Maidstone, England

Ø  Number 4210

Ø  Assigned to the Medical Section

There is no indication as to when he was discharged from the service


Feb 14, 1903

Married to Bertha Wood in Kent, England


Nov 4, 1914

Attested into the 21st Battalion CEF in Kingston, Ontario

Ø  Number 59634 (temporary number 492)

Ø  Next of kin given as Bertha Mantell, wife, 535 Chamberlain St., Peterborough, Ontario

Ø  Previous occupation given as Machinist with Canadian General Electric Company

Ø  Previous military experience given as 2 Royal West Kent Regiment for 8 years

Ø  Religion given as Church of England

Ø  Assigned to “E” Company

o   This was later reorganized into “C” Company

William Mantell attested with the rank of Corporal

It was later noted that he served in South Africa in the Boer War and caught Typhoid Fever there in 1901

The battalion trained in the Kingston area through the winter with headquarters in the Kingston Armouries


Dec 4, 1914

Promoted to the provisional rank of Sergeant


Mar 3, 1915

From the Peterborough Examiner


May 1, 1915

Admitted to the Queen Street Military Hospital with pains in feet and shoulders


May 6, 1915


Upon hearing that the battalion was departing Kingston, Sergeant Mantell and 2 other hospital patients employed a taxi to take them to the train station to depart with the battalion.

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


May 17, 1915

Admitted to the Moore Barracks Hospital in Shorncliffe with a diagnosis that reads Rheumatism.  Complains of pain in both feet, shoulders and hands and has states that he had been suffering since May 1st this year


May 29, 1915

Transferred to the Monks Horton Convalescent Hospital in Kent


Jul 1, 1915

Confirmed in the rank of Sergeant


Jul 20, 1915

Discharged from the convalescent hospital to the battalion with light duties


Sep 1, 1915

Transferred to the 39th Reserve Battalion in the Sandling Camp


Jun 6, 1916

Reverted to the rank of Private and transferred to the 21st Battalion


Jun 7, 1916

Arrived at the CBD (Canadian Base Depot) in the Rouelles Camp, Havre, France as part of a draft of 48 reinforcements from England and TOS (Taken On Strength) the 21st Battalion


Jun 10, 1916

After leaving the base depot, Private Mantell rejoined the 21st Battalion in billets in Dickebusch, Belgium


Jul 31, 1916

Promoted to the rank of Sergeant to replace Sgt More 59673 who had been granted a commission


Sep 6, 1918

Admitted to the No. 10 CFA (Canadian Field Ambulance) with a diagnosis that reads Suspected Dysentery.  He was transferred the same day to the No. 13 CFA


Sep 7, 1918

Transferred to the No. 23 CCS (Casualty Clearing Station) for treatment but because of the severity of the problem, he was transferred to the No. 12 Stationary Hospital in St. Pol


Sep 10, 1918

Transferred to the No. 14 Stationary Hospital in Boulogne


Sep 15, 1918

Invalided to England aboard the Hospital Ship St Denis


On arrival in England he was admitted to the 1st Southern General Hospital, Birmingham

Posted to the EORD (Eastern Ontario Regimental Depot) for pay purposes while in hospital


Oct 4, 1918

Transferred to the Enteric Depot, Croydon


Nov 25, 1918

Transferred to the Military Convalescent Hospital in Epsom


Dec 4, 1918

Discharged to duty and transferred to the 6th Reserve Battalion in Seaford


Dec 27, 1918

Attached to the MD #3 Wing, Kinmel Park pending return to Canada


Jan 11, 1919

Embarked the SS Olympic in Southampton



Jan 17, 1919

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


Jan 20, 1919

TOS the Casualty Company, Military District Depot #3, Kingston


Jan 21, 1919

Granted leave with subsistence until February 3, 1919


Feb 11, 1919

Discharged from the CEF in Kingston, Ontario

 Ø  Rank on discharge Sergeant

Ø  War Service Badge Class “A” issued

Ø  Proposed residence on discharge Peterborough, Ontario

Following his discharge the British War Medal and Victory Medals were sent to him at 8 Monaghan Road, Peterborough


Sep 27, 1950

William Mantell died in Peterborough, Ontario and was buried in the Little Lake Cemetery there


His death was determined to be a result of his wartime service, but because both his wife and mother had predeceased him, no Memorial Cross was issued



William Mantell’s service is recognized on the Wall of Honour in
Peterborough, Ontario


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