The Men

The Men

Sunday, 19 January 2014

* Captain Pierce Mandeville

Captain Pierce Mandeville attended High School between 1895 to 1902.  He graduated in Trinity, and took his M.A. in 1910. He was joint Headmaster of a preparatory school at Brae-side, W. Kirby, near Liverpool. He qualified on 15th April, 1915 but was killed in France on September 28th 1916. He had been married for little over a year, and left a widow and one child.  He was 32 years of age.  His American wife, Mary Wisner Madeville, never remarried, and died in hospital, near Tumbridge Wells, in 1960, age 75.
Source: High School Archive / Michelle Burrowes (

Mandeville's medals  - photographed for us
 by their kind new owner. 
Limerick Chronicle, October, 1916.
Killed in action, Captain Pierce Mandeville, eldest son of M. Mandeville, B.E., Clyda, Mallow, County Cork.  Rank: Captain. Regiment or Service: West Yorkshire Regiment. Unit; 5th Battalion (Territorial). Date of Death:28/09/1916. Age at Death, 32. Born in Waterford. Killed in Action, September 28, 1916.
Grave or Memorial Reference: XVI. B. 3. Cemetery: Mill Road Cemetery in France.
Source:  Tom Burnell, war historian.  

The following piece is taken from a school obituary, the 'Wulfrunian' - for all those men killed in World War One who attended Wolverhampton Grammar School.
'CAPTAIN PIERCE MANDEVILLE, 5th Battalion, West Yorkshire Regiment, who was killed at the capture of the Schwaben Redoubt on September 28th 1916, was the eldest son of Mr Montague Mandeville of Mallow, Co. Cork. He was on the reserve list of officers when war broke out in August 1914, and therefore joined his regiment immediately. In April 1915 he went into the fighting line in France, and was engaged in the battle of the Somme from July 4th 1916 till the day of his death. Unfortunately the school had the privilege of knowing him for one year only, before he was needed for active service, but we feel that he has brought us great honour by his exceptional courage, and we know that we have lost one who, by his sincerity and sense of humour, could not have failed to win the affection of all who learnt to know him. Extreme thoroughness and earnestness characterised all his work in the classroom, and the same traits were seen in the discharge of his duties as an officer in the school contingent of the O.T.C. Here he was found to be not only an efficient and zealous soldier, but a leader by whose inspiration the Cadets could not fail to profit.'

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