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John Mansfield
John Mansfield
Birth: 14 December 1907
Bradley, Derbyshire, England, UK
Death: 27 November 2016
Etwall, Derbyshire, England, UK
Age: 108 years, 349 days
Country: United Kingdom UK

John Charles "Jack" Mansfield (14 December 1907 – 27 November 2016) was a British centenarian who became the oldest living man in the United Kingdom from the death of Frank Simes on 18 September 2016, and held the title until his own death on 27 November 2016.[1]


John Charles Mansfield was born in Bradley, on the outskirts of Ashbourne in Derbyshire. He would walk a four-mile round trip to school each day, whilst also working as a labourer on his family's farm.[2] As an agricultural worker, he was exempt from fighting during World War Two, something which he later said he regretted.

He later began working for the Co-Op as a coal delivery man, eventually progressing to a managerial role. He retired at the age of 75.[2] He married Beatrice in 1932, and the couple had six children.[3] After his wife's death in 1990, Mansfield lived alone in Mayfield, Staffordshire.[4]

Mansfield was a keen football fan, and supported Manchester United F.C.[3] He credited his longevity to hard work, as he would often work 20 hours at a time whilst he was employed, and was still performing manual work at the age of 98.[2] He continued to live in his own home until September 2016, when an illness forced him to move to a care home in Etwall, Derbyshire.[4]

Mansfield died on 27 November 2016, only 17 days short of his 109th birthday. He was the last surviving British man confirmed to have been born in 1907. His successors to the title of the United Kingdom's oldest living man were Bob Weighton and Alf Smith, both of whom were born on 29 March 1908.[4]



United Kingdom's Oldest Living Man Titleholders (VE)

George Stanforth • John Mosley Turner • John Leng • Frederick Butterfield • James Harrow • Ernest Oxley • Harry Durrant • Arthur Emanuel • James Sellers • Walter Sandford • George Simms • Henry Norman • John Orton • Alfred Grant • John Evans • Samuel Crabbe • Joseph Randle • Jesse Yewdall • William Proctor • David Davies • Vinson Gulliver • David Henderson • Harry Halford • William Lee • Frederick Moore • Harry Laverick • Jerzy Pajaczkowski-Dydynski • Henry Allingham • Harry Patch • Stanley Lucas • Edward Anderson • Reg Dean • Ralph Tarrant • Harold Bracher • Frank Simes • John Mansfield • Alf Smith • Bob Weighton • Harry Fransman • John Tinniswood