Private Moses Mansfield

Date of Birth c.1886
Age at Death 32
Date of Death 3 January 1918
Service Number 38247
Military Service 16th Battalion, Lancashire Fusiliers
Merton Address 18 Crown Road, Morden
Local Memorial St. Lawrence Church, Morden

Additional Information

Moses Mansfield was born in Kirdford in Sussex c1886. By 1901, at the age of 15, he was living with his parents, James and Harriet, at 4 Morden Hall Farm Cottages. His father was a farm carter and James was working as a farm labourer. He was married in Morden on 30 March 1907 to Maria Alice Greenway and by 1911 he and his wife were living with their children Alice (3) and Lily (1) at 5 Crown Cottages, Crown Road, Morden. He was working as a gardener.

Moses enlisted on 12 December 1915 and the army recruitment register for this date records that he was now working as a navvy and living at 18 Crown Road. On 13 September he was posted to the 4th (Extra Reserve) Battalion of the East Surrey Regiment that was stationed at Kingston-on-Thames. He was later transferred to the 16th Battalion Lancashire Fusiliers. His service number was 38247. The 16th Battalion, Lancashire Fusiliers were known as The 2nd Salford Pals, a battalion raised in Salford on 15 November 1914. In 1918 they were in action on the Somme and in the Battles of the Hindenburg Line and the Final Advance on Picardy.

Private Mansfield died of wounds on 3 January 1918 and is buried at the Mendingham Military Cemetery in the village of Proven in Western Flanders. His grave is at IX.B.14.

HIs name appears on one of the panels in the Lychgate at St. Lawrence Church, Morden, which serves as the parish war memorial.


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