The Queens Own Royal West Kent Regiment

Private F S Marsh


Private Frank Stephen MARSH, G/21019, 11th Battalion,  Queens Own Royal West Kent Regiment, killed in action, Flanders France, 20th September 1917.

Born Westminster, Middlesex, son of Benjamin J & Maud E Marsh.

1901 Census - 20 Vardens Road, Clapham Junction, Surrey - Benjamin J Marsh, head, married, age 37, master butcher, employer, born Poplar, London; Maud E Marsh, wife, married, age 28, born Sheffield, Yorkshire; Harry O Marsh, son, age 13, born Battersea, London; Frank S Marsh, son, age 11, born Westminster, London; Gertrude M Marsh, daughter, age 8, born Westminster, London; Lilian M Marsh, daughter, age 2, born Battersea, London; Jane E Marsh, grandmother, age 70, widow, born Limehouse, London; Rose Anes, servant, age 14, single, housemaid domestic, worker, born Walworth, London. 

15th January 1902, Probate - Benjamin John Marsh, of 20 Vardens Road, Clapham Junction, Surrey, died 26th November 1901. Probate 15th January to Frederick Heath & Robert Roberts butchers & Maud Eleanir Marsh, widow. Effects £4558 0s 9d. Resworn May 1902 £5703 14s 9d.

1902 September, St George Hanover Square Registration District, Maud Eleanor Marsh, married Alfred Wombwell Robinson. 

1911 Census - 464 Edgware Road, London NW - Harriett Duffield, head, age 56, widow, married 30 years, 11 children, 5 still alive, pawnbrokers housekeeper, worker, born Battle, Sussex; Henry James Wolven, boarder, age 26, single, pawnbrokers assistant, born Maidstone, Kent; Frank S Marsh, boarder, age 20, single, pawnbrokers assistant, born Westminster, Middlesex; William Leydon, boarder, age 16, single, pawnbrokers assistant, born Abury Street Barraks?; Reginald Ives, boarder, age 17, single, pawnbrokers assistant, born Edgware Road, London; Ernest Baynham, boarder, age 24, single, pawnbrokers assistant, born Walham Green.

1911 Census - 20 Vardens Road, Clapham Junction, Surrey - Alfred Robinson, head, age 49, married, Private Means, born Kennington, London; Maud Robinson, wife, age 38, married 8 years, 1 child, still alive,  born Sheffield, Yorkshire; Gertrude Marsh, step daughter, age 19, single, born Westminster, London; Florence Robinson, daughter, age 4, born Brighton, Sussex; William Golding, visitor, age 61, single, Railway Service (retired), born Guildford, Surrey.

29th June 1916, Probate - Maud Eleanor Robinson, 20 Vardens Road, St Johns Hill, Clapham Junction, Surrey, (wife of Alfred Wombwell Robinson), died 15th May 1916. Probate London 29th June to the said Alfred Wombwell Robinson, gentleman, Thomas Clarke, Solicitor & John Thomas Stephens, licensed victualler. Effects £669 17s 4d.

Enlisted  Fulham, SW, age 24 years 330days, height 5ft 5 inches, weight 117lbs, fair complexion, blue eyes, fair hair, mole right side back, mole left shoulder blade, mole right calf.  Resided 165 Fulham Palace Road, Fulham, SW. Formerly pawnbrokers assistant.

Next of Kin (stepfather) Mr Robinson, .

Home 10th December 1915 to 22nd May 1916, BEF 23rd May 1916 to 20th September 1917.

10th December 1915, enlisted; 11th December 1915, to Army Reserve; 11th February 1916, mobilized & posted Cowley Road, Oxford, 27th (Reserve Battalion), Royal Fusiliers, Service No.2303; 23rd May 1916, posted BEF & 32nd Royal Fusiliers; 24th May 1916, embarked; 25th May 1916, Etaples 41 Infantry Base Depot; 16th September 1916, transferred to Royal West Kent Regiment, posted 11th Battalion, Royal West Kent Regiment.

1st December 1921, In answer to a letter from Miss Gertrude Marsh, (sister), 30 Vardens Road, St Johns Hill, SW11, Infantry Records advise that the Memorial Scroll has been sent to Mr H (Harry) O Marsh, (brother), Staff Superintendent, Sydney Hospital, New South Wales, Australia, and the Memorial Plaque will be sent to the same person.

19th January 1922, letter from Miss Gertrude Marsh, (sister), 30 Vardens Road, St Johns Hill, SW11, to Infantry Records - "In reply to your letter of 1st December 1921, re the Memorial Scroll of the above named soldier. I have to inform you that my elder brother H O Marsh to whom the scroll was sent died 1st February 1920. I conclude this now entitles me to the Memorial Scroll & Plaque. The latter has been re-forwarded to me from Australia but not the Scroll which possibly has gone astray. Under these circumstances would it be possible to issue a duplicate. I shall be extremely grateful if you can give me any information on the matter, as I am anxious to have this token of my brothers services to his country."

Commemorated at Tyne Cot Memorial, Panel 106 to 108., Belgium.

NOTE: Soldiers Died in the Great War show date of death as 20th September 1917; CWGC web site show it as 11th September 1917.

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