Service Number: 3418
Enlisted: 20 August 1915
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 49th Infantry Battalion
Born: Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 5 December 1883
Home Town: Mullumbimby, Byron Shire, New South Wales
Schooling: North Auburn Public School, New South Wales, Australia
Occupation: Labourer
Died: Killed in action, Mouquet Farm, France, 3 September 1916, aged 32 years
Cemetery: Courcelette British Cemetery
Plot V, Row C, Grave No. 15.
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour
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World War 1 Service

20 Aug 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, 3418, 9th Infantry Battalion
5 Oct 1915: Involvement Private, 3418, 9th Infantry Battalion, Battle for Pozières , --- :embarkation_roll: roll_number: '9' embarkation_place: Brisbane embarkation_ship: HMAT Warilda embarkation_ship_number: A69 public_note: ''
5 Oct 1915: Embarked Private, 3418, 9th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Warilda, Brisbane
3 Sep 1916: Involvement Private, 3418, 49th Infantry Battalion, Battle for Pozières , --- :awm_ww1_roll_of_honour_import: awm_service_number: 3418 awm_unit: 49th Australian Infantry Battalion awm_rank: Private awm_died_date: 1916-09-03

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Biography contributed by Stephen Brooks

Jacob Mansell was the son of of John Crawford Mansell and Leah George Mansell, of Mullumbimby, New South Wales. His younger brother, 2012 Pte. Joseph Henry Mansell 41st Battalion AIF was two years later killed in action in France during 1918, aged 28.

Jacob was reported as missing on 3 September 1916 during very heavy fighting at Mouquet Farm. His Red Cross missing and wounded file indicates he was a member of a machine gun team which was hit by a shell and wiped out. One of the witnesses noted that Jacob was different from most of the men in the Battalion in that he ‘never swore, never drank.’

His Dad wrote to Base Records during November 1916, asking about Jacob, “I know you have a lot to do but you know he is my boy. That says a lot.”

Jacob was confirmed as killed in action almost a year later by a Court of Enquiry held by the 49th Battalion on 31 July 1917.

His remains were discovered on the Mouquet Farm battlefield by the Imperial War Graves Commission during July 1919, confirmed by the presence of his identity disc which was returned to his parents during June 1920.