31st March 1916
The County Herald
Name of Researcher / Enw’r ymchwylydd: Eifion & Viv Williams
Name of Memorial / Enw’r gofeb: Northop Memorial
Name / Enw: Edwin Marsh
Regiment/Catrawd: 154th Siege Bty, Royal Garrison Artillery
Service Rank and Number / Rheng gwasanaeth a rhif: Gunner 79662
Military Cemetery/Memorial / Fynwent milwrol: St Sever Cemetery Extension Rouen
Ref No Grave or Memorial / Rhif cyfeirnod bedd: P.III.C.68
Country of Cemetery or Memorial / Gwlad y fynwent neu gofeb: France
Date and Circumstances of Death / Dyddiad ac amgylchiadau marwolaeth:
Killed in Action on 2 September 1917
Edwin Arthur Marsh was born in 1886. His parents were Thomas and Mary Marsh. The father, Thomas had been a stonemason, a trade that Arthur took over when his father died. The 1891 and 1901 census returns placed the large family in Yacht Terrace, Northop. His brother John Herbert Marsh was killed about five weeks before Arthur was killed. (He has his own page on Sychdyn’s memorial on this website). The Marsh family provided at least five servicemen for the war.
Follow the link to learn more about the 154th Siege Battery. Royal Garrison Artillery.
21st September 1917
"Prominent Resident’s Death at the Front
Considerable regret is expressed amongst the residents of Northop and surrounding localities of the sad official intimation, the effect that Gunner Edwin Arthur Marsh who was recently wounded in action, had died in in a base hospital. He was very well known in Northop and district where he successfully carried on the business of monumental mason, succeeding his father, Mr Thomas Marsh who died some years ago. He was 31 years of age and during his residence in the village was prominently associated with almost every public function. He was the sexton of the Parish Church, a bell ringer, a member of the Northop Cricket and Football Clubs and as he was generally respected, his loss will be keenly felt in the district."
The County Herald
Many thanks to Mr Ainsley Lovelock for sharing with us this very special photograph of Northop’s football team. It is especially important because it names the players. Standing third from the back left is A Marsh.