See also

Jack Foreman MANTLE (1917-1940)


Jack Foreman MANTLE


Jack Foreman MANTLE

Name: Jack Foreman MANTLE
Sex: Male
Father: Lisle John Foreman MANTLE (1885-1982)
Mother: Jeanie May JACKSON ( - )

Individual Events and Attributes

Birth 12 Apr 1917 Wandsworth, Surrey1
Death 4 Jul 1940 (age 23) Portland, Dorset

Individual Note 1

Jack Foreman Mantle

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia


Photo submitted by Simon MancheeJack Foreman Mantle (12 April 1917 - 4 July 1940) was an English recipient of the Victoria Cross, the highest and most prestigious award for gallantry in the face of the enemy that can be awarded to British and Commonwealth forces.


He was 23 years old, and an Acting Leading Seaman in the Royal Navy during the Second World War when the following deed took place for which he was awarded the VC.


On 4 July 1940 during an air raid on Portland, England, Leading Seaman Mantle of HMS Foylebank, who was manning the starboard 20mm pom-pom gun, had his left leg shattered by the blast from a bomb early in the action. Although wounded again many times, he remained at his gun, training and firing by hand when Foylebank's electric power failed, until he collapsed and died.


This was only the second occasion that the Victoria Cross has been awarded for action in the United Kingdom.


The medal

The VC, and other medals awarded to Mantle, is on loan to the Royal Navy Museum in Portsmouth.

Individual Note 2

After his death, his elder sister went on to

become a nun/Mother Superior in a convent. I have a copy of a letter

written to Jack's mother by a friend who watched him die (and lost

his own leg in the attack). Very moving.


Sally Pearson (nee Mantle)

Individual Note 3

"One of Those Quiet Boys"


Acting 'Leading Seaman Jack Mantle, of H.M.S. Foylebank, who died in winning the tenth V.C, of the war, was an old boy of Taunton's School, Southampton.

His former headmaster said of him to-day:

"I remember Mantle as one of those quiet, unobtrusive boys, who would always do what was expected of him.

"I am not surprised that the V.C. has been awarded to him."

His mother, who lives at Southampton said:

"Jack was a boy of very quiet and gentle disposition."

Individual Note 4

Jack Mantle V.C. 4/9/40


Acting-Leading Seaman Jack Mantle, of H.M.S. Foylebank, who has been posthumously awarded the V.C. for serving his gun to the death in action against enemy bombers. His parents live in Malvern-road, Shirley, Southampton. He was an old boy of Tauntons Secondary School, where Southampton's only V.C. of the last war, Lieut.Col. D. M. W. Beak, had also been educated.


1"Information from Free Births, Marriages, and Deaths website:" (Internet). Assessment: Secondary evidence.
Text From Source: Births Jun 1917 (65%)

Mantle Jack G Jackson Wandsworth 1d 650
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