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Cradley Heath soldier's Great War mystery

By Black Country Bugle  |  Posted: June 03, 2014

  • Above left: The plaque bearing Frank Mansell's name

  • Left: Private Mansell's name on one of his medals

  • The only photograph

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AS HAPPENED all too often in the Great War, a young man was killed and all his family had left were their memories of him, his medals and a bronze plaque.

In the case of Private Frank Mansell of Corngreaves Road, Cradley Heath, even his resting place is a mystery. Carl Mansell of Dudley Wood brought to our office this little collection of items, the only reminders of the uncle he never knew.

"He began the war in the South Staffordshire Regiment, like most lads from round here," Carl told us, "and for some reason ended up in the Lincolnshire Regiment. But all the family know is that he was killed by a sniper, we don't even know where."

Can you help Carl with finding out more about his uncle's part in the Great War? If you can, write to us, give us a call, or email gjones@blackcountrybugle.co.uk and we'll forward any information on to Carl.

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