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John Mansell (b. 05 Jan 1855, d. 18 Jan 1952)
John Mansell (son of Gilbert Henry Mansell and Caroline Burke) was born 05 Jan 1855 in Shrewsbury, England, and died 18 Jan 1952 in Joggins, NS.He married Dorothy J. Dixon, daughter of Thomas Dixon and Isabella Morris.
Notes for John Mansell:
GRO Index: John Mansell - Wellington Sal, Vol. 6a Pg. 706 or 709, Jan-Mar 1855
Buried in River Hebert Cemetery, Nova Scotia
Jan 21, 1855 – Baptized at Wellington, England
1861 – Census of Shrewsbury, England, age 6, scholar
1869 – became a “Signal Boy” in the Royal Navy (age 14)
1871 – served on Man-of-War and assigned to the Red Sea to put down slavery – while attempting to board a slave ship he was stabbed by a dagger in the leg, spent time in a Bombay hospital then taken to a Navy hospital in England where he spent 6 months in treatment, injury was deemed incurable and he was honourably discharged
1875 – joined the British Merchant Service
1883 – received his captain’s certificate
1902 – came to Canada and worked as a wire rope splicer
1911 – Census of Springhill, Coal Miner
1939 – wrote poem (begins My state of health is fairly good)
Mar 13, 1950 – presented with certificates of life membership in the British Empire Service League, Branch 4
*Obituary notes: greatly interested in labour problems in England and was closely associated with Keir Hardie, M.P., and other labour leaders in their increasing campaign to improve the lot of the workingman
*honorary member of the Sons of England
*member of the R.A.O.B.
*member of the Canadian Legion Branch No. 4, Joggins
Children of John Mansell and Dorothy J. Dixon are:
- +Lily Agnes Mansell, b. 1894, Newcastle, England, d. 29 Jun 1982, NS.
- +Caroline Mansell, b. Mar 1893, Newcastle England, d. date unknown.
- Isabella Mansell, d. Aft. 1952.