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Sunday, 19 January 2014

* Private Henry Reuben Frederick Mangin

Private Henry Reuben Frederick Mangin died of wounds 27th March 1916.   Buried in Belgium.

MANGIN Henry Rueben Fredrick Private 1171. Born in Beaumaris, Angelsue, Wales Dec 1889. Previously served with Duke of York Hussars. Worked as a salesman before joining the PPCLI 25 Aug 1914. Crossed to France with the Battalion 20 Dec 1914 * General Action: 2nd Battle of Ypres* *General Action: Battle of Frezenberg * Hospitalized with rheumatism 16 May 1915. Discharged to 27th Division Infantry Base Depot 10 June 1915. Hospitalized 14 June with influenza. Discharged to Base Depot 3 Jul 1915. Returned to unit 1 Sept 1915. Went AWOL

12 -17 Jan 1916. Sentenced to five days Field Punishment No.2 and five days pay 28 Jan 1916. Wounded with compound fracture and shrapnel wounds of left leg 23 Mar 1916. Died of wounds at 17th Casualty Clearing Station 27 Mar 1916.
Originally buried at Soldiers Cemetery. Age 26.
Source: *** SOURCE " With The Patricia`s in Flanders 1914-1918 " by Stephen K. Newman *** Pg.154
Comment from 'Hill 677',
Thank to you for posting that very interesting information on MANGIN. He has been entirely forgotten by his native town, not commemorated locally. A brother may also have been born there. I wouldn't have known about him except that a friend found him cited in Wisden's (the Cricketers' Almanack) Roll of Honour for 1914-18 as born at Beaumaris and described as a hard-hitting batsman for the Osborn Cricket Club of Montreal!

According to Passenger Lists etc the family seem to have emigrated in about 1903, father maybe deceased by then? His mother was a lady of independent means, resident at various addresses in Montreal and criss-crossing the Atlantic on a number of journeys to the UK and her relatives in Ireland between 1914 and the 1930s. Source: Here

Commemorated here:


Death: Wounded 23 March; Railway Dugouts/Maple Copse, Zillebeke
Type of wounds: Died of shell wounds in the left leg and a compund fracture in n°17 CCS. (War diary n°17 CCS:  Died of gunshot wounds to the left thigh.)
Date of death 27 March 1916
Died at the age of 26
Grave reference Lijssenthoek Military CemeteryV - D - 21A

Source: Here (wonderful link - shows location of his grave on a map)  


From The Canadian Great War Project:
Private Henry Reuben Frederick Mangin
Died: March 27, 1916
Regimental Number: 1171
Survived War: No
Force: Army
Regiment: Canadian Infantry
Battalion: Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry
Place of Birth: Beaumaris, Angelssue
Country: Wales

Next of Kin: Mrs. A.G. Crosse (?), 38 Harcourt Terrace, Radcliffe, London, England
Date of Birth: December 28, 1889
Trade or Calling: Salesman

Marital Status: Single
Prior Military Experience: Yes

Place of Enlistment: Ottawa, Ontario
Date of Enlistment: August 28, 1914

Age at enlistment: 24
Religion: Unknown
Enlisted or Conscripted: Enlisted

Saw service in: Europe

Cause of Death: Died of Wounds
Battle Died/Wounded: Zillebeke

Date of Death: March 27, 1916
Age at Death: 26

Buried at: Lijjsenthoek Military Cemetery, Belgium
Plot: V. D. 21A.
Prisoner of war: No
Gender: Male
Ethnic Origin: Not Specified

LAC Reference: RG 150, Accession 1992-93/166, Box 5886 - 19
Canadian Virtual War Memorial
Commonwealth War Graves Commission
Rank Regiment Unit Company
Private Canadian Infantry Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry

Eldest son of Frances A. Mangin, of 16, Sussex Avenue, Montreal, and the late Harry Mangin A.P. of Co Dublin, Ireand. Enlisted Aug 28, 1914, one of the original P.P.C.L.I.

Source: Canadian Great War Project

Web definitions
Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry is one of the three Regular Force infantry regiments of the Canadian Army of the Canadian Forces. The regiment is composed of four battalions including a Primary Reserve battalion, for a total of 2,000 soldiers. ..

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