Other names: Thomas
Locations in this story: Shaftesbury, DorsetIndiaWatford, HertfordshireKingston-upon-Thames, Surrey.
Story: Thomas Mansfield was born on 8 Nov 1871 in Shaftesbury, Dorset, the son of William Charles Mansfield and Mary Elizabeth Mansfield (née Stone). He originally enlisted with the 3rd Battalion of the East Surrey Regiment on 14th November 1892, later transferring to the Territorial Force on 7th April 1908, and was discharged on 6th August 1911 to the Reserves (Service No. 57). He was embodied at the outbreak of war on 26th August 1914 and rejoined his Regiment. He served in India, eventually holding the rank of Lance Sergeant. He was discharged on the 19th May 1916 having completed his full period of service. He was awarded the Victory and British War medals along with the Territorial Force Medal. He had married Emma Lloyd at Kingston-upon-Thames, Surrey on 5 Sep 1899 and was living there until 1911 when he was recorded as residing in Woodland Drive, Watford, Hertfordshire. He died in Watford in 1949. His brother, Charles Stone Mansfield (b.1860) served with the Royal Defence Corps during the conflict. Source: Compiled from earlier research by Ken Baxter.