John Mansfield


John Mansfield


First World War

Date of Death / Age


Rank, Service Number & Service Details

Bedfordshire Regiment
7th Bn.


1914 /15 Star, British War and Victory medals


Bay 5.

UK Memorials

Essendon War Memorial
St Mary the Virgin Church Memorial, Essendon
Not on the Hertford memorials

Pre War

John was born on the 18th May 1887, in Little Berkhamstead, Herts. Son of Thomas and Jane Mansfield. He was Baptised on the 19th June 1887 in Little Berkhamstead, Herts. The 1891 census shows John aged 3 years living with his Parents, 2 Brothers and 2 Sisters at Bucks Alley, Little Berkhamstead, Herts. and the 1901 Census shows John aged 14 years living with his widowed Mother, Brother and 2 Sisters at Stoney Yard, Essendon, Herts. His occupation is an Assistant. In 1911 the census shows John aged 24 years as a boarder at the Farmers Boy P.H., London Road, St Albans, Herts. (Lodging with his Brother and Sister in-law). His occupation is a General Labourer.

Wartime Service

John enlisted in Hertford, into the 7th Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. The Battalion arrived in Folkestone on the 26th July 1915, and boarded the SS Onward. They disembarked in Boulogne, France, later that day. The 7th Battalion Bedfordshire Regiment took part in The Second Battle of Arras, “9th April 1917 to 16th May 1917”. John was Killed in Action in that Battle on the 3rd May 1917. He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Arras Memorial.


Sue and Colin Rees, Stuart Osborne