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John Benson Mann was born in Stanningley, Yorkshire, England in 1891. In civilian life, he worked as a Moulder.
He volunteered in August 1914 upon the outbreak of The Great War, at the time he was living at 11 poplar Street, Leeds. Mann initially served int he Army Cyclist Corps with service number 3159.
He transferred to the Loyal North Lancashire Regiment and landed in France and Flanders with the 9th Bn on 26th September 1915. he fought at Neuve Chapelle, St. Eloi, Hill 60 and Ypres. He was twice wounded, one of the wounds was a GSW to the head on 10th October 1916.
Mann was awarded the DCM, announced in the London Gazette on 16th August 1917. It is likely that this award was for the Battle of Messines in early June 1917.
'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. During an attack, when his platoon officer was wounded, he took command and reorganised the platoon, later on taking on the duties of Company Serjeant.-Major when all the senior N.C.Os. had become casualties. He was invaluable in establishing the outpost line, and in getting up rations and water'
He survived the war and was transferred to the reserves in January 1919. In civilian life, he returned to work as an Iron Moulder and passed away in 1949.
Condition = About VF ( suspender repinned and scratches to obverse and reverse)