|Birth: ||Jul. 9, 1895|
|Death: ||Oct. 29, 1918|
Departement de la Meuse
Son of Mary Elizabeth (Brennan) and William Thomas Kelly
The Herald, Piedmont, West Virginia, Fri 31 Jan 1919
John Mansfield's Death Confirmed
Capt. Barton of 313th F.A. Sends Details To the Mother-Capt. Robert T. Barton, of the 313th Field Artillery, confirmed the death of Chief Mechanic John J. Mansfield, of this place, in a letter received by the latter's mother, Mrs. Mary E. Mansfield, yesterday. Mrs. Mansfield was officially notified of the death of her son some weeks ago, but after receiving a letter from him written on the same day he some weeks ago, but after receiving a letter from him written on the same day he was reported killed, was inclined to doubt that it was so. The letter carries the unmistakable word of his sad end, as was as follows:
Battery "F" 313th. F.A.
Amer. E. F., France
January 9, 1919.
Mrs. Mary E. Mansfield,
25 Jones Street
Piedmont, W. V.
My Dear Mrs. Mansfield,
On behalf of the officers and men of Battery "F" I write to express our sorrow and our sympathy for you because of the death of your son, Chief Mechanic John J. Mansfield, killed in action on the 27th day of October. It has been impossible for several reasons to write this letter sooner, but notification of your son's death was sent to you immediately through military channels. "Jack", as we all knew him, was sitting in his fox hole which he called his "little home," with Corp. Arthur D. Brady, about four o'clock on the afternoon of the 27th, when the Germans opened fire on the battery position. A shell of large calibre made a direct hit upon his dugout and killed both Jack and Corp. Brady, instantly. He had just finished a letter to you which I found and mailed at the first opportunity. Mechanic Mansfield's record as a soldier is a very fine one. He was in action continuously from the 26th day of September. It was his duty to see that the guns were properly cared for and always in condition to fire. So well did he perform this duty that no gun in the battery was ever reported out of action because of mechanical trouble. He responded to every call, seemed to be absolutely fearless, always cheerful and happy and possessed the affection of everyone. We miss Jack. We buried Jack where he was killed-close to the village of Cunel, You will find Cunel on a map of France about forty kilometers north of Verdum and not very far from the Meuse river. Some day when we get back to the States, I hope to see you and tell you about your son.
Robert T. Barton
Captain 313th Field Artillery.
William Thomas Mansfield (1866 - 1903)
Mary Elizabeth Brennan Mansfield (1863 - 1941)
Thomas Patrick Mansfield (1893 - 1939)*
John Joseph Mansfield (1895 - 1918)
Catherine E Mansfield Keyes (1898 - 1990)*
Loretto Ann Mansfield (1899 - 1972)*
Paul Patrick Mansfield (1901 - 1968)*
William Thomas Mansfield (1903 - 1966)*
Note: Chief Mechanic Battery F, 313th FA 80th Division
Arlington National Cemetery
Plot: Section 18, Site 3677
Created by: Anne Cady
Record added: Aug 17, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 57192874