Trooper WILLIAM CHARLES HENRY 'Bill' MANT (photo added)

Serviceman Headstone thumbnail image Serviceman thumbnail gravemarker Serviceman thumbnail
Rank Trooper
Forenames WILLIAM CHARLES HENRY 'Bill'
Surname MANT (photo added)
Initials W C H
Place of Birth SELSEY, SUSSEX, UNITED KINGDOM
Date of Birth Tuesday, 18 April 1916
Date of Death Thursday, 08 June 1944
Age 28
Nationality British
Residence or Entered Service From SELSEY, SUSSEX, UNITED KINGDOM
Service Number 7937112
Force British Army
Service/Corps/Regiment Royal Armoured Corps
Unit / Ship / Battalion / Squadron 24 Lancers, C Squadron
Military Honours and Awards
Place of Burial/Commemoration BAYEUX MEMORIAL
Roll of honour
Grave/Memorial Location Panel 8, Column 2.
Previous Place(s) of Burial Unknown
Epitaph NO EPITAPH
Family Details SON OF CHARLES AND ELEANOR ANNIE MANT.

Additional Information

 

 

 

 

WILLIAM CHARLES HENRY MANT (or 'Bill' as he was more familiarly known) was born on the 18th April 1916, the eldest son of Charles and Nellie Mant, who lived at that time in North Road, Selsey. By 1937 both his parents had died and he was working at Henstridges the bakers, whose shop was on the corner of East Road and North Road.
 
At the outbreak of World War II, he enlisted in the Army but had to wait a long time for his call-up. He used to cycle round the village with his huge basket, delivering loaves and bemoaning the fact that although he had volunteered, he had not yet been called up.
 
Eventually in 1941 he became a Trooper in the 24th Lancers,  Royal Armoured Corps, and later took part in the D-Day landings. On the 8th June 1944, two days after D-Day, Bill was driving his Sherman tank, in company with a number of others, along a dusty lane near Tilly, about ten miles west of the German-held town of Caen. There the group encountered heavy enemy anti-tank fire from the German “88s” and several of the tanks were hit and put out of action. Among them was the tank being driven by Bill Mant. He is believed to have been killed outright.

 

A stone to his memory was erected in the Military Cemetery near Caen, and he is remembered on the Bayeux Memorial.1

 

 

References
1. Extract from Selsey Remembers 1939-1945, Published by the Selsey Society, 1995. Extract kindly provided by Andy Lawrence, great nephew of Trooper WILLIAM CHARLES HENRY MANT.

 

Acknowledgements and Credits
Source of original data: Commonwealth War Graves Commission
Headstone photograph: Carl Shilleto
Individual photograph: Andy Lawrence, great nephew of Trooper WILLIAM CHARLES HENRY MANT.
Additional photographs provided by: Carl Shilleto  
Additional information provided by: Andy Lawrence, great nephew of Trooper WILLIAM CHARLES HENRY MANT.

 

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What other people have said

Glasgow

Andy Lawrence

In memory of Bill Mant on the centenary of his birth

On Saturday, April 16, 2016
Glasgow

Andy Lawrence

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old: Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn. At the going down of the sun and in the morning We will remember them.

On Saturday, June 7, 2014
Glasgow

Andy Lawrence

In memory of Billy Mant on the 70th Anniversary of D-day

On Saturday, May 17, 2014