1. Book:Beyond The Five PointsPgs 117-118

Awards & Titles:

Victoria Cross

Family :

Conwyn Mansel-Jones (1871-1942) was born at Beddington, Surrey, on 14th June 1871, the youngest son of Herbert Riversdale Mansel-Jones, a County Court judge, and Emilia, daughter of John Davis, of Cranbrook Park, Essex.

Education & Career :

Educated at Haileybury and the Royal Military College Sandhurst, Mansel-Jones was commissioned a second lieutenant in The West Yorkshire Regiment (The Prince of Wales's Own) on 8 October 1890.

Following the Great War, little is known about his later life, except that he retired to Hampshire. He was a member of the Honorary Corps of Gentlemen at Arms from 1920 until his death. He died on 29th May 1942 in Brockenhurst, and was buried in the parish churchyard of St Nicholas. His medals are not publicly held.

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He was promoted to lieutenant on 1 July 1892, served with his regiment in the Fourth Anglo-Ashanti War of 1895-96 and in British Central Africa in 1898, where he was promoted to captain supernumerary to his regiment on 20 March 1899. He was recalled to his regiment at the outset of the Second Boer War in late 1899, and sent to South Africa.

Mansel-Jones took part in the Ladysmith relief force, and was confirmed as a captain in his regiment in February 1900. He was wounded on 27 February 1900, during the battle of the Tugela Heights, two days before the actual relief of Ladysmith.

He remained in the army in recruiting until he retired due to his wounds in 1910. He was called to the bar at Lincoln's Inn but returned to the colours in 1914. He served throughout the European War and was six times mentioned in Despatches.

Citations & Commemorations :

  Mansel-Jones was 28 years old, and a captain in The West Yorkshire Regiment (The Prince of Wales's Own) serving in during the Second Boer War when the following deed took place in Natal for which he was awarded the VC:

"On the 27th February, 1900, during the assault on Terrace Hill, north of the Tugela, in Natal, the companies of the West Yorkshire Regiment on the northern slope of the hill met with a severe shell, Vickers-Maxim, and rifle fire, and their advance was for a few moments checked. Captain C. Mansel-Jones, however, by his strong initiative, restored confidence, and, in spite of his falling very seriously wounded, the men took the whole ridge without further check, this Officer's self-sacrificing devotion to duty at a critical moment having averted what might have proved a serious check to the whole assault"

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