Regiment : 1st Battalion Worcestershire Regiment
Service number : 8191
Conflict : WW1
Date of death : 1st April 1918
Buried : Commemorated on Pozieres Memorial, France, Panel 41.
Memorial : Dudley War Memorial
Resided : 3 Court, 1 Hall Street, Kates Hill
Also appears on : Dudley St John the Evangelist Kates Hill WW1 Memorial with the information: Corporal
Credits : Researched by Jade Gandy and John Hale. Service records researched and transcribed by Sandra Taylor.
William Mansell enlisted as Private, 8191 in the Worcestershire Regiment on 2nd February 1904 for a period of three years service. At the time of his enlistment he was 5 feet 4½ inches tall with a fresh complexion, grey eyes and brown hair. He was discharged to the Army reserve on 1st February 1907. When war broke out William was mobilised on 5th August, entering the theatre of war in France on 12th August 1914. On 5th January 1915 he was wounded in action with a gunshot wound to his right side for which he returned home to England on 10th January 1915. He returned to France on 18th March 1915 where he was appointed Acting Lance Corporal (unpaid) on 27th September 1916. William returned to England on 16th February 1917 where he remained until 18th May 1917. On 19th May 1917 William returned to France where he was appointed paid Lance Corporal on 24th October 1917 and immediately promoted to Corporal on the same day. William was reported missing between 23rd March and 4th April 1918. His date of death was later written as 1st April 1918.
William’s service records show that he married Minnie Matthews, spinster, in Dudley on 15th April 1911. The couple had 2 children, William Stanley Mansell, born in Dudley on 14th November 1912 and Benjamin Thomas Mansell, born in Dudley on 26th August 1914. His next of kin are listed as his wife, 2 Court, 3 House, Hall St, Dudley, Worcestershire, his parents, Richard and Sarah, 19 Dock Lane, Dudley and his 2 brothers, Abraham and Richard.
William was awarded the 1914 Star, the British War Medal and the Victory Medal.
William Mansell has no known grave, the photograph available shows his name on Pozieres Memorial.