Mansfield, who lived at Dowsett Cottages, EAst Tilbury, was a well known figure in the factory, with a ready smile, an outspoken manner and without an enemy.
For many years he was an employee at one of the large oil storage installations but was among those stood off because of the great pre-war industrial depression. Then he became an agricultural worker for a while until in May, 1933, he started work assisting to get things ready for the opening of the first British Bata factory building at East Tilbury in August, the same year.
Only a week or so before his death the workers of his department made a collection for Mansfield, and his wife wrote them to say he was unable to reply himself at that time but would write as soon as he was able. A day or so later he was removed to hospital.
The funeral took place at Grays this afternoon.