Private James Kendrick Mansley. No.3866087 went missing on 4th October 1944 whilst his Battalion was in action near Mook
According to his next of kin they were told that he was killed at the same spot as his friend Private Albert Thomas Wallis when he tried to help him when he was wounded.
After the war three graves where found at the "Kiekberg" at Mook, Private A.T. Wallis, 1 unknown soldier of the Norfolk Regiment and an unknown Corporal.
Private Wallis is known to have been killed on the 4th October, the 3 bodies were re-buried in October 1945 at Groesbeek War Cemetery, graves 6.G.6, 6.G.7, 6.G.8.
No documents could be found in the archives about those three casualties, nor in the War diary or the Regimental History.
However there are only 3 men missing of the 1st Battalion Norfolk Regiment, a Private, a Corporal and a Sergeant.
The Battalion moved into the Mook area on the 3rd of October 1944, as Corporal Leslie Day is missing since 28 September whilst according to the War Diary the battalion was still in Helmond, it seems unlikely that the unknown Corporal is Leslie Day, but as he was a former member of 7th Battalion (disbanded in August 1944), it is possible that he was not known to many men, and might have been killed later on, but as there is no specific information about his death, it is just a assumption from myself.
Sergeant Edwin Ringer was killed on 5th November 1944, by then the battalion was in the Venray area.
So it most likely that the unknown soldier buried at Groesbeek War Cemetery, grave 6.G.7 is that of Private James Kendrick Mansley.
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