Conwyn Mansel-Jones

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Conwyn Mansel-Jones
Victoria Cross Medal without Bar.png
Born 14 June 1871
Beddington, Surrey
Died 29 May 1942 (aged 70)
Brockenhurst, Kent
Buried at St Nicholas Churchyard, Brockenhurst
Allegiance  United Kingdom
Service/branch Flag of the British Army.svg British Army
Years of service 1890 - 1910, 1914 - 1918
Rank Colonel
Unit The West Yorkshire Regiment
Battles/wars Fourth Anglo-Ashanti War
Second Boer War
First World War
Awards Victoria Cross
Order of St Michael and St George
Distinguished Service Order
Légion d'honneur
Other work Barrister

Colonel Conwyn Mansel-Jones VC CMG DSO (14 June 1871 – 29 May 1942) was an English recipient of the Victoria Cross, the highest and most prestigious award for gallantry in the face of the enemy that can be awarded to British and Commonwealth forces.

Early career[edit]

Educated at Haileybury and the Royal Military College Sandhurst, Mansel-Jones was commissioned in The West Yorkshire Regiment (The Prince of Wales's Own) on 8 October 1890. He served with his regiment in the Ashanti Expedition of 1895-90 and in British Central Africa in 1898 whereupon he was recalled to his regiment at the outset of the Second Boer War.

Victoria Cross[edit]

Mansel-Jones was 28 years old, and a captain in The West Yorkshire Regiment (The Prince of Wales's Own), British Army 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.[1]

Later career[edit]

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.

References[edit]

  1. ^ The London Gazette: no. 27214. p. 4653. 27 July 1900. Retrieved 29 November 2009.