With grateful thanks to Historians Paul Simadas and Debbie Cameron for their help in researching this post and to Alison T. McCall, Genealogist who found Arthur James Mann’s date of death and what he did after the war, along with details of his sister’s brilliant medical career.
According to the British National Archives records, Arthur and Marie Henrietta’s address was 22 Charlbury Road, Oxford. On 3.1.1919 Arthur was admitted to Central Hospital and on 18.3. 1919 Arthur relinquished his Commission due to ill health contracted while on active service. Under the section Special Qualifications are French and Spanish, so Arthur must surely have studied those languages. Arthur and Marie Mann had a son and a daughter. Their son, James Edward Ludlow Mann was born on 17th July 1923. In 1939. James Edward Ludlow was at St. Lawrence College, College Road, Ramsgate, Kent . In 1962,he married Madeline J. Commander. He died on 27th November 2008 in Truro, Cornwall.
During the 1920s and early 1930s, Arthur worked in school management and when he died on 28th April 1933, he had managed Craigend Park Schools in Edinburgh for seven years. Before that, he worked in school management in Australia and Fiji.
In the 1939 Census, Marie Henrietta Mann was living in Manchester (next door to the Pankhursts) and by then she was a widow. She died in 1940 and left her estate to Arthur’s sister Ida Caroline.
A poem by Arthur:
“Onward and Upward” by Arthur James Mann
NOT Goethe nor yet Shakespeare will I take
As this life’s final form wherein to pour
The molten richness of my young mind’s ore,
Now that to manhood’s powers my soul’s awake.
Rather will I the beaten track forsake
That such as these have trod. Gone on before,
They teach us how we too at length may soar
If we for our own selves new paths will make
Girt round with freedom, led by purpose high,
For ever pushing forward to their goal,
These faltered not but raised the battle cry,
“Onward and upward.” Thus the human soul
Learns slowly all life’s weakness to defy
Ere its predestined glory shall unroll.
From: “Balkan Fancies and Other Poems by Captain A.J. Mann, RAF (A. and C. Black Ltd., London, 1919) p. 48.
According to Paul Simadas, Arthur commissioned the British artist William T. Wood to illustrate his work about their Balkan experiences during the First World War. "The Salonika Front" by Arthur James Mann and William Thomas Wood was published in 1920 by A and C. Black, Ltd., London. It is available as a download here https://archive.org/details/salonikafront00mannuoft/mode/2up
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National Archives Catalogue Reference: AIR-76-332
Catherine W. Reilly "English Poetry of the First World War: A Bibliography" (St. Martin's Press, New York, 1978) p. 216. NOTE In her entry Reilly seems to have mixed up the WW1 soldier poets Arthur James Mann and Alexander James Mann - see separate posts about that and about Alexander James Mann.
And information supplied by Alison T. McCall, Genealogist, who found a copy of Arthur’s death certificate and of his obituary from “The Scotsman” newspaper of 29 April 1933 and details about Arthur’s sister Ida -
* Professor Dame Ida Caroline Mann, Mrs Gye, DBE, FRCS (6 February 1893, West Hampstead, London – 18 November 1983, Perth, Western Australia)