Pivate John Emanuel was born in Briton Ferry, Glamorgan and enlisted locally at Neath. Entering the French Theatre of War with the Army Cyclist Corps in December 1915, he was subsequently attached to the 16th (City of Cardiff) Battalion, Welch Regiment, with whom he was killed in action at Mametz Wood on the Somme on 7.7.1916:
'At 8.30 a.m. on 7 July, when the guns ceased their bombardment, the front waves of the two Battalions moved over the crest and advanced steadily down the slope, followed by successive waves. It was not long before the enemy machine-guns smote them hip and thigh, frontally from the wood, and in enfilade from Flatiron and Sabot Copses, the 16th Welch losing more heavily then the 10th S.W.B. since they were more exposed' (The Welch Regiment, 1914-18 refers).
Emanuel has no known grave and is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial.