Topic: Herbert Pengelly Mansel (1895-1918)

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Tauranga farmer Herbert Pengelly Mansel was serving during World War I when he died of malaria at the 34th Clearing Station in Palestine on 23 October 1918 at the age of 23. Story by Debbie McCauley.

Herbert Pengelly Mansel was born at the Yatton Estate in Tauranga on 6 March 1895 (reg. 1895/16196), the son of Robert Charles (1863-1943) and Agnes Elizabeth Mansel (nee Talbot) (1864-1947) who married in New Zealand in 1885 (reg. 1885/2660).

Herbert was a farmer and a Hauraki Regiment Volunteer from 10 November 1911.

He enlisted to serve during World War I on 18 October 1915, embarking from Wellington on 8 January 1916 with the New Zealand Expeditionary Force (9th Reinforcements Auckland Mounted rifles, A Squadron) aboard the 'Maunganui' for Suez, Egypt. His last rank was trooper (Service No. 13/2843).

On 28 June 1916 Herbert received a gunshot wound to the neck in France. He was sent to England and recovered at Hornchurch Convalescent Hospital. He returned to the war in February 1917.

He was admitted to hospital on 5 October 1918 and by 12 October 1918 was reported as being dangerously ill with malaria.

Herbert died of malaria at the 34th Clearing Station in Palestine on 23 October 1918, aged 23. He was buried in the Jerusalem War Cemetery in Israel.

Herbert Pengelly Mansel (1895-1918)

Herbert is remembered on a plaque at St George’s Church in Gate Pa, Tauranga.

Mansel Memorial: St George’s Church (Gate Pā)


Archives New Zealand: Military Personnel File.

Auckland War Memorial Museum: Cenotaph Record.

Births, Deaths and Marriages Online (New Zealand).


A version of this article was archived in August 2016 at Perma CC

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Herbert Pengelly Mansel (1895-1918)

Note:Service Number: 13/2843
First Names:Herbert Pengelly
Last Name:Mansel
Date of Birth:6 March 1895
Place of Birth:Yatton, Tauranga
Country of birth:New Zealand
Date of death:23 October 1918
Place of death:Palestine, Middle East, Asia
Place of burial:Jerusalem War Cemetery, Israel
Fathers name:Robert Charles Mansel
Fathers date of birth:1863
Fathers place of birth:Cork, England
Fathers date of death:8 May 1943
Fathers place of death:Tauranga, New Zealand
Mothers name:Agnes Elizabeth Talbot
Mothers date of birth:1864
Mothers place of birth:Ireland
Mothers date of death:13 January 1947
Mothers place of death:Tauranga, New Zealand
Military Service:World War I (1914-1918)