Born 1895 - Died 1980

7th August 1895 Born in Trim Workhouse, County Meath, Ireland. Eldest son of James Mangan and Catherine Mangan (nee Adams). Dwelling place of father is given as Ennistown, Kilmessan, County Meath, Ireland. His birth was first registered in 1942 'by the Authority of the Registrar General'. His parents are shown as being married on this birth certificate but it is known that he was born 3 months before their marriage (in November 1895).
1901 Census Age 5. Recorded as being with his father, James, in Brannockstown, Trim, County Meath, Ireland. There is no mention of his mother and siblings at this address.
1914 Enlisted in the 2nd Battalion of the Leinster Regiment (Rank: Private - Regiment No.: 10017). Was a regular soidier before war broke out and was extremely proud to have been one of the 'Old Contemptibles'.
8th September 1914 Disembarked into a 'theatre of war' as part of the 6th Division[†], which qualified him to be awarded the 1914 Star due to having served in France or Flanders between 5th August and 22nd November 1914.[*]
2nd December 1916 Transferred to the 14th Corps Cyclist Battalion (Army Cyclist Corps)[*] (Rank: Acting Corporal - Regiment No.: 1203). Is known to have been trained as a sniper.
To 1918

Is known to have been involved in Passchendaele (also known as Third Ypres - 1917), in the Battle of the Somme (1918), and also served in Italy. Was awarded various medals during this time: Victory, British and 14 Star (see photos below).

Used to tell the story of how he heard that his brother, Joseph, was due to be marching past his camp at some point and, on the day, he went out on his bike to look for Joe so that he could carry his pack for a while. After several attempts, he eventually spotted Joe and told him that he'd been looking for him. Joe replied "I know - I saw you at the last few crossroads".

14th August 1919 1914 Star despatched by post.
Post-war period Worked as a taxi driver in Manchester and for Monk Brothers (builders) on road construction. Walked out of the latter job when he was 'told off' for breaking open a padlock so that the workers could get their tools when the foreman had failed to turn up for work. Also worked in the Burlington shoe factory in Burghley Street, Kettering, Northamptonshire.
6th July 1932 Eloped and married Ellen McLoughlin in the Roman Catholic Church of Ferrybank in the parish of Slieverue, County Kilkenny. Both ages are given as 'Full'. James' residence given as Rockshire, Ferrybank and occupation is 'Motor Driver'. Ellen's residence is Louisburg, Co. Mayo. Witnessed by Martin McGrath and Maureen Fitzgerland.
25th April 1933 First son, James Christopher, born. Was living at 109 Gracedieu Road, Waterford, County Waterford, Ireland. Occupation given as 'Chauffeur'.
1935? Second son, Francis Dominic, born in Waterford, Ireland.
2nd March 1937 First daughter, Claire Veronica, born in Waterford, Ireland.
11th March 1939 Second daughter, Pat, born in Waterford, Ireland.
19th December 1941 Third daughter, Nuala, born in Waterford, Ireland.
21st December 1943 Enlisted in the Royal Air Force as an Aircraftsman (rank AC2). Service number 1882666. Description on entry: height 5 ft 3 3/4 inches; hair grey/balding; eyes grey; complexion fresh. Civil occupation: labourer.
3rd April 1944 Promoted to RAF rank Aircraftsman AC1.
1st November 1944 Promoted to RAF rank Leading Aircraftsman.
24th August 1945 Discharged from the RAF. Had served for long enough to qualify for the Defence Medal and the 1939-1945 Medal.
1950 Family moved to Watford, Hertfordshire.
6th April 1980 Died age 84 in the Peace Memorial Wing of Watford General Hospital, Watford, Hertfordshire. Cause of death given as Bronchopneumonia, Carcinoma of the Colon and Basal cell carcinoma of the ear. Death registered by Francis Dominic Mangan, son, of 102 Legatts Way, Watford, Hertfordshire.


James Mangan - taken in August 1914 on entry into the Leinster Regiment.

James Mangan - taken in August 1944 while he was serving as an Aircraftsman during the Second World War.

James Mangan's medals from two World Wars. Left to right:
First World War - 1914 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Second World War - Defence Medal, War Medal



† Mike Shingleton pointed me to the following publication for information about the 6th Division: Major-Gen. T.O. Marden C.B., C.M.G. (ed.) (1920). A Short History of the 6th Division: Aug. 1914–March 1919. Hugh Rees, London. The document can be downloaded in various formats from the Internet Archive site.

* Information supplied by Mike Shingleton.