Lance Corporal 14100 “D” Coy. 10th Bn. Sherwood Foresters (Notts and Derby Regt)

Died Friday 7th July 1916 (Age 24)

Commemorated at: Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France
Memorial Ref.: Pier and face 10 C. 10 D. 11A.

David Tansey was born in 1892, youngest son of Charles Tansey, a coal miner contractor originating from Stoney Stanton, Leicestershire and his wife Maud Emma (nee Hudson) who originated from Derby. David had brothers and sisters Charles Edwin, Lewin Richard, John William, Arthur, Mary Ann, Bertha Dinah, Elizabeth and Katherine. There were also Willie and Francis who both died when they were small infants. The family lived at Sedgwick Street, Jacksdale. In 1906 David’s father, Charles, died aged 54.
David enlisted, at Nottingham, sometime during 1914, serving with the 10th Bn Sherwood Foresters and was posted to France in July 1915.
He was killed in action on Friday 7th July 1916, age 24 during the attack on Quadrangle Support, near Contalmaison, Somme, France.
He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial.
He was awarded the 1914-15 Star, the British War and Victory Medals. In December 1916 his personal effects of 12s 3d were paid to his mother Maud, followed by a war gratuity of £8 10s in October 1920.
In December 1916 his personal effects of 12s 3d were paid to his mother Maud, followed by a war gratuity of £8 10s  in October 1920.

David’s younger brother, Arthur Tansey also served during WW1 and is commemorated on the Jacksdale War Memorial as having served and survived. It was Arthur who presented an attaché case on behalf of the ex-servicemen of the district to Mrs. B. McLaren during the Jacksdale Memorial unveiling ceremony in 1921.
Mr. A.P. Tansey of Doncaster, grandson of Arthur Tansey, has kindly provided photographs of both David and Arthur, and the following additional information:-
Arthur Tansey originally enlisted with the Sherwood Foresters, but the family have told us that towards the end of the war, he was transferred to the Army Ordnance Corps. After the war, during the 1930’s, Arthur was a member of the Jacksdale Hospital Committee, dedicated to raising funds for local hospitals as, of course, the National Health Service was not formed then. David’s eldest brother Charles married Sarah Ann Wagstaff (known as Sally). Their cousin, John Albert Tansey, set up business in Jacksdale just after WW1 in around 1921.