Leading SeamanMANTLE, JACK FOREMAN

Service Number P/JX 139070

Died 04/07/1940

Aged 23

H.M.S. Foylebank
Royal Navy

V C

Son of Lisle John Foreman Mantle and Jeannie May Mantle, of Southampton.

Inscription

BECAUSE WE DID NOT CHOOSE TO LIVE AND SHAME THE LAND FROM WHICH WE SPRUNG"

Citation

The following details are given in the London Gazette of 4th September, 1940

Leading Seaman Jack Foreman Mantle was in charge of the starboard pom-pom when H.M.S. Foylebank was attacked by enemy aircraft on 4th July, 1940. Early in the action his left leg was shattered by a bomb, but he went on firing his gun, with hand gear only, for the ship's electric power had failed. He suffered several further wounds but his great courage bore him up until the end of the fight, when he fell by the gun he had so valiantly served.

Buried at PORTLAND ROYAL NAVAL CEMETERY

Location: Dorset, United Kingdom
Number of casualties: 154

Cemetery/memorial reference: C. of E. Portion. Grave 672.


Cemetery details

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DISCLAIMER:
This collection of documents was assembled by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission and its predecessors as part of the processes involved in the commemoration of individuals. As a result, they contain many corrections and alterations which reflect their use as working documents. For further information concerning the history of the collection, please see our About Our Records page.
Please be advised that some of the documents, especially the burial returns and exhumation reports, may contain information which some people may find distressing. The original archive records and their digital copies remain the property of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, but are available for re-use for private and non-commercial purposes.