Marrow, David

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David Marrow



David Marrow was born into one of Connah’s Quay’s seafaring families.

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This early photograph, taken at the Fergurson/Baird Shipyard includes our soldier’s father  (on the far left  wearing a deerstalker type hat) and his grandfather (Standing 4th from left with a dark bushy beard)

David was the son of Martha (nee Davison) and David Marrow (Snr).  David Marrow snr was a Master Mariner.

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This is David Marrow snr – the father of our soldier. A Master-Mariner. Note the earing!

The 1881 census recorded David Marrow Snr and his wife aboard the ‘Emily Millington’ moored at Anglesey. There were 3 crew members,  Mate James Davidson, Able Seaman John Brassington and Ordinary Seaman James Hughes.

Also in 1881 there was a census form completed for 5 Railway Terrace  where  Elizabeth Davison 21 seems to be in charge. The children listed are all named Marrow. E Marrow 11 (female), William 9, Lily Ann 8 and Betsy 6. Was this Martha’s sister looking after the children whilst Martha was at sea with her husband?

David Marrow Jnr first appeared on a census in 1891. He was living at 5 Railway Terrace Connah’s Quay with his mother Martha who was 42 and his sister Bessie who was 16. David was 2. Presumably the father was at sea.

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This is David Marrow jnr when he was about 5 years old. His destiny seemed to be all mapped out for him then.

On the 1901 census. David Marrow Snr was aboard the ‘Renown 76153’  which at midnight was at Connah’s Quay, the census having been delivered to the ship at Runcorn on the 28th March 1901.   David Marrow, Snr  would have had chance to get home to 24, Church Street, Connah’s Quay, before the census was taken at his home.  He was in two places at the same time,,,, so to speak!!   David Snr,  53, Martha, 52 and son David, 12 were all at home.

We know from ship’s papers that in 1902, young David was aboard his father’s ship ‘The Renown’. He was listed as a member of the crew  aged 13 and was a ‘cook’.

David Marrow Snr of 24 Church Street Connah’s Quay Flintshire retired Master Mariner died 16th December 1910. Probate St Asaph to John Davison shipper effects £765 Resworn £815  (England and Wales National Probate calendar. Index of Wills and administrations 1858 – 1966) Was John Davison  a relative? Martha was Davison before she became Marrow.

The 1911 census finds Martha a widow of 62 living at 24 Church Street Connah’s Quay. The only other person in the house was David Marrow aged 22 a bar drogger at the sheet mills.  Martha Marrow died in 1915

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David Marrow as a young man with his sister Lily.

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We know from his Flintshire Roll of Honour index card that David Marrow enlisted at the beginning of the war in 1914. He is pictured below in a group of soldiers in training.

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David Marrow in training (circled)

UK Soldiers who Died in The Great War 1914-19 accessible on  confirms all the regimental details above and adds that David jnr enlisted in Shotton. His medal card also accessible on ancestry, details his medals but also adds that his first Theatre of War was France and he entered it on the 27th September 1915.

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David Marrow and comrades. He is crouching on the far left of the front row.

County Herald – 11th February 1916

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Rumoured Death of a Soldier – On Tuesday last week it was rumoured in Connahs’ Quay that letters had been received conveying the news that Private David Marrow, son of the late Captain and Mrs. Marrow, of Church Street, Connah’s Quay, had lost his life in France.   Private Marrow was a member of the machine gun section of the 10th Batt. of the Royal Welsh Fusiliers.

David Marrow in the UK, Army Registers of Soldiers’ Effects, 1901-1929 tells us that on the 22nd May 1916 there was a recharge to the Regimental Paymaster of 7/4d. Executors were Joseph Roberts and William Pierce who were paid £6. 4s 9d on the 30th June 1916, his War Gratuity of £5. 10s 0d was paid in a Draft to the above executors on the 4th November 1919.

There is an index card for David Marrow in the Flintshire Roll of Honour at the County Record Office in Hawarden. It was completed by Sarah E  Hutton  It confirms the regimental details and death date above and tells us that he served from August 1914 till his death ‘somewhere in France’ The address is 12 Church Street Connah’s Quay.  On the reverse of the card is written ‘I am his eldest sister and by his ‘will’ his next of kin.’

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2 excerpts from the newspaper cutting.

David could have been a member of the Wepre Oddfellows Society as the name O.Marrow was published in the Mold, Deeside & Buckley Leader 3rd Oct 1924 and I do wonder if the name should have been D, Marrow, an easy mistake to make when reading someone’s writing I suppose.

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Marrow family grave in Connah’s Quay Cemetery which commemorates David

Grateful thanks to Allyson Evans for sharing all these wonderful family photographs with us. All that she knows and was able to tell us came from her own grandmother Lillian Foulkes. David Marrow was Lillian’s Uncle.

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Lillian Foulkes. The source of the family stories and the keeper of the photographs.

Lillian had another Uncle who was killed in the war. He was Herbert Foulkes who has his own page on this website.


David’s name on the Tyne Cot Memorial

MARSTON, S & MARROW, D. on the Menin Gate, photo taken on the 16th April 2016 by Mavis Williams

David’s name is listed with Samuel Marston who also died and had lived in Shotton, his page is also on the website.   Somewhat comforting to see their names so close together.

Learn more about the other soldiers on the Connahs Quay and Shotton War Memorial

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