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SElar ScrUtcco of liugbdano. 1744. John Mansel, son of the Rev.
Christopher Mansel, Rector of Long Newton, Durham, in which village
he was born, on November 23rd, 1729. In early life he joined the
regiment of the Third Dragoon Guards, and rose to the rank of Major
General. He had the command of a brigade of heavy cavalry in the
Duke of York's campaign in 1794. Being impatient on one occasion of
an undeserved imputation on his zeal, in consequence of the Duke
stating in his dispatches that the enemy would have been entirely
destroyed near Cambrai, but by some mistake General Mansel's
brigade did not arrive in time for that purpose. The general, when
the French attacked the Duke's army, on the 26th of April, devoted
himself to death, and his troops, animated by his example,
performed prodigies of valour. He came up with the enemy in the
village of Gateau, charged, and completely defeated them. He then
rushed, at the head of his brigade, against a battery of fourteen
pieces of cannon, placed on an eminence behind a deep ravine, into
which many of the front rank fell; he passed the ravine with a
considerable body of men, and charged the cannon with inconceivable
intrepidity and complete success. This event is said to have
decided the day; but at the mouth of this battery the brave and
worthy general, having threehorses killed under him in the course
of the day, received his death wound, one grape shot entered his
chin, fracturing the spine, and coming out between the shoulders;
and another broke his arm to splinters, His son and Aide-de-camp,
Major John Christopher Mansel, also a Rugbeian, anxious to save his
father's life, darted forwards, but was wounded and taken prisoner.
On the 29th the General was buried in a redoubt at the head of the
camp. Six Generals supported the pall, a...
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