The following records have been discerned for Private Thomas Mansfield by Jennifer Layne for the BHCARA British Home Child Registry. Son of Jane Brown and Harry Mansfield.
Library of Canada Archives
states his name was Thomas 'J', however original shipping records do not have
his middle initials, nor do any of his other records so it is being omitted.
Listed among those on Barnardo Homes 'Faithful Unto Death' report of the 677 boys who gave their lives in World War One.
1891 English Census records place the family of Jane and Harry Mansfield in Tower Hamlet, Poplar, London, England. In residence were their children Harry (11), Louisa (7), Lilly (4) and Walter I (2). Harry was a General Labourer by trade.
England & Wales, FreeBMD Birth Index, 1837-1915
Name: Thomas Mansfield
Date of Registration: Jan-Feb-Mar 1892
Registration district: Poplar
Inferred County: London
London, England, School Admissions and Discharges, 1840-1911
Name: Thomas Mansfield
Birth Date: 17 Nov 1891
School: Oban Street School
Borough: Tower Hamlets
Admission Date: 25 Oct 1897
Notes: Oban Street School (0585) opened in 1883
Reference Number: LCC/EO/DIV05/OBA/AD/011
Additional Information: Of 51 Portree Street | Harry Mansfield was a Labourer by trade
1901 English Census records place the family of widowed Harry Mansfield in Poplar, Bromley, London, England in the Parish of All Hallows East India Docks. In residence were his children Lily (14), Walter J (12), Thomas (9), and Charlotte (6). Living with them were George Curd (24), Edith Curd (22) and John Curd (18). Harry was a General Labourer by trade.
Library and Archives Canada
Given Name: Thomas J.
Year of Arrival: 1905
Departure Port: Liverpool
Departure Date: 1905-03-30
Arrival Port: Portland
Arrival Date: 1905-04-11
Party: Barnardo Homes
Comments: The ship docked at Halifax, then Portland, where 269 boys disembarked. The original list was lost and a list prepared in 1934 appears on the reel.
Source: Library and Archives Canada
Reference: RG 76 C1b
Type of Record: Passenger Lists
UK, Outward Passenger Lists, 1890-1960
Name: Thos Mansfield
Birth Date: abt 1895
Departure Date: 30 Mar 1905
Port of Departure: Liverpool, England
Destination Port: Portland
Ship Name: Kensington
Shipping line: Dominion Line
Master: M H Morle
Ups and Downs Magazine for Barnardo Homes, published in Canada noted the following publications:
MANSFIELD Thos. Death - WW1 1918 January 1 20
Came 1905. Killed or died from wounds. (See RG 76 vol 52 File 2209 pt 3). Gene Ref. CS88 A1 U 68 and PER. REG.1999.13
Probable 1911 Canadian Census records place Thomas Mansfield in Clarke, Durham, Ontario as an Employee of Linda and James Stone. He was born Apr 1891 and immigrated from England in 1897.
1911 English Census records place Harry Mansfield as remarried to Edith Mary in 1907, living at 17 Bromley Hall Road, Bromley, Poplar, London, England. The couple has two young children, Edith Winnifred (3), and Phyllis Annie (1). Harry is a General Labourer by trade in Iron Works.
Attestation papers were signed 22 Sep 1914 in Valcartier, Quebec. Thomas Mansfield was born 25 Nov 1891 in London, England. He was an Electrical Engineer by trade. His Next of Kin was Harry Mansfield of 34 Mabrnebury Terrace, London, England. He appeared to be 23 years of age, 5' 7 1/2" in height with a dark complexion, hazel eyes and dark brown hair. He had 4 vaccination scars on his left arm, 1 mole on his right buttock, 1 scar on his right hip and on scar on his left hip. His religion was noted as Church of England.
Commonwealth War Graves Registers and Circumstances of Casualty state that he had previously been reported Missing, then presumed to have Died in the Attack of St. Julien, Langemark-Peolkapelle, West Flanders, Belgium. His Next of Kin was Mrs. Florance Wonnacott of 11432-79th Street in Edmonton, Alberta - Of Unknown Relation. Harry Mansfield died in 1917 in London, England, this registration was sent out in 1929.
Thomas' body was not recovered for burial, his name is listed on the Menin Gate Memorial in Ypres, West Flanders, Belgium.
Find A Grave Memorial# 12037970