Thursday, 26 August 2010

Warrant Officer Class II (Company Sergeant-Major) Stephen Arthur Mansfield, MM

Born on 25 January 1897 in Lewisham, Kent, England - husband of Elinor Mansfield, Slaithwaite, Yorks, England - son of Walter Mansfield, Smiths Falls, Ontario - at the time of his enlistment in 1916: present address in Petawawa, Ontario; trade as coremaker; single; currently a member of the 42nd Regiment (one year); no previous military service; Baptist; height of 5 feet 6.5 inches; chest of 36 inches fully expanded; weight of 155 pounds; fresh complexion; gray eyes; fair hair.

Joined the 130th Battalion, CEF, in Perth, Ontario, on 28 April 1916 (number 787173) - taken on the strength of the 38th Battalion, CEF, on 14 or 15 November 1916 - wounded on 30 October 1917 - invalided to England on 20 November 1917 - rejoined the 38th Battalion on 21 or 22 July 1918 - killed in action on 4 November 1918 - buried in Valenciennes (St. Roch) Communal Cemetery (grave I.A.6), France.

Awarded the Military Medal - no official citation - unit recommendation dated 15 August 1918: "For gallant services during operations near Hallu Aug. 10th and 11th/18."

(sources: Library and Archives Canada (, online attestation papers; Canadian War Museum, 19740281-001, Manu 58F 2 3, 207th Canadian Infantry Battalion and 38th Canadian Infantry Battalion, Nominal Roll; The Cameron Highlanders of Ottawa Regimental Museum, A400-0007, Master Personnel List for the 38th Canadian Infantry Battalion, Canadian Expeditionary Force; Commonwealth War Graves Commission, "Debt of Honour" register,; Canadian War Museum, 19680229-001, Manu 58C 1 2.18, Honours and Awards, 38th Battalion (Records of recommendations for honours and awards and mentioned in dispatches 19161121 19190117))

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