Image from the Evening Star – 10th June 1942.

Born: 12th April 1894, Ipswich.

Died: 15th March 1942; age: 48; Missing presumed killed or drowned.

Residence: 640, Foxhall Road, Ipswich.

Employed: by Ransomes and Rapier Ltd., Ipswich.


FIRST WORLD WAR – John served in the First World War, and was twice torpedoed. On the 17th March 1917, John set sail on board S.S. ‘Orduña’ from the Port of Liverpool. John was 23 years old, a Marine Engineer. His next of kin: father – Mr. G.T. Mann, of Tyne Villa, Gladstone Road, Ipswich.


Rank: Third Engineer Officer.

Regiment: Merchant Navy, S.S. ‘Manaqui’ 144255 (London).


Memorial Reference:

Panel 67.

Tower Hill Memorial,



Next of Kin: Ruby Louisa Mann.

Tower Hill Memorial



1901   34, Tomline Road, Ipswich.

John was 6 years old and living with his parents & siblings.

George Thomas Mann, 34, born Waldringfield, Suffolk.

Robina Mann (nee Canham), 28, born Rushmere St. Andrew, Suffolk.

Rhoda Amelia Mann, 12, born Ipswich.

George William Charles Mann, 9, born Ipswich.

Rose Henriette Catherine Mann, 6, born Ipswich.

Maurice Mann, 3, born Ipswich.

Herbert Mann, 2, born Ipswich.

Victoria May Mann, 1, born Ipswich.


1911   42, Ruskin Road, Ipswich.

John was 16 years old, an Engineer’s Apprentice – Engineering. He was living with his parents & siblings.

George, 45, a Ship’s Fireman – Dredging.

Robina, 38.

Rhoda, 22, a Mother’s Help – at home.

George, 19, a Hospital Porter – East Suffolk Hospital.

Rose, 15, an Apprentice Tailor – Tailoring.

Maurice, 13, a Store Boy.

Herbert, 12.

Victoria, 11.


John’s father, George Thomas Mann died 1931, Ipswich.


On the 19th July 1930, at St. Andrew’s Church, Holborn, London, 36 year old, John a Postal Trader, married Ruby Louisa King, born December 1906, Windsor, Egham, Surrey. Both of 16, John Street, Bedford Row, W.6.

They had 1 child.



John was an Excavator Machinery – Fitter. He and Ruby were living with their child at the family – 211, Foxhall Road, Ipswich.

They had 2 female lodgers, both were District Nurses and Certified Midwives.


John is also remembered on the Ransomes and Rapier Ltd., war memorial, at Bourne Park, Ipswich.


The 2,802 tons S.S. ‘Manaqui,’ built in 1921, was sunk by torpedo on the 15th March, 1942, near Barbuda. She took with her the master and 34 crew members.

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