John William MANSFIELD

Year of Birth:  1889

Place of Birth:  Stoke on Trent, Staffordshire, England

Date of Enlistment:  12 January 1915, Cairns, Queensland

Date and Place of Embarkation:  16 April 1915, Brisbane, Queensland

Ship:  HMHS Kyarra A55

Rank:  Private

Unit(s): 15th Infantry Battalion

Regimental Number:  1983

Died:  8 August 1915 – Gallipoli



John was born 1 September 1889 in Stoke on Trent, Staffordshire, England son of Albert Gough Mansfield and Mary Ann (Hannah) Wright. Albert was an earth potters turner by trade. John has siblings Flora b. 1886, Blanche Elizabeth b. 1888, Anne b. 1891, Edward b. 1892. John attended the Cross Street Board School in Stoke on Trent.


John Mansfield’s baptism. St Peter Ad Vincula, Stoke on Trent, Staffordshire. Source: Findmypast.


John was a fitter by trade serving his apprenticeship at the N.S. Railway Company, England. His next of kin is given as his father, Albert Mansfield of Stoke on Trent. John was 25 years old at the time of his enlistment. He was 5 foot 6 inches tall, he had a ruddy complexion, brown eyes and hair. His religion was Church of England.

He arrived in Australia when he was 21 years old. John worked for the Cairns Locomotive Workshops. He played football with the Cairns Railway Rovers.

John was killed in action whilst landing at Suvia Bay, Gallipoli Peninsula, Dardanelles, Turkey 8th August 1915. He was first reported missing, but his death was confirmed by the authority of a Court of Inquiry.

He is remembered on the Lone Pine Memorial, Gallipoli Peninsula, Canakkale Province, Turkey.


HMAT Kyarra A55 – Photo Courtesy Australian War Memorial


Roll of Honour Circular. Courtesy of Australian War Memorial


Cairns Post, 10 Feb 1916



Online Resources

NAA: 1983 Mansfield, John William

Australian War Memorial

Photograph of HMAT Kyarra A55, Australian War Memorial

Trove Digitised Newspapers, National Library of Australia


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