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. Follow the link to John Herbert’s page to read more of the family story. The Marsh family provided at least five servicemen for the war. Three of them, Arthur, John Herbert and Fred played cricket for Northop. There were ten children altogether (Edwin Arthur, Harry, Charles, Leonard, John Herbert, Wilson, Fred, Florence, Polly and Amy).
He joined up and signed his Attestation Form in Northop on the 2nd December 1915. He was 30 years old and described himself as a General Mason. A description of him at the time tells us he was 5 feet 8 1/4 inches tall with a chest measurement f 36 inches with a 2 inch expansion range. He requested that he be placed in the Royal Engineers. He named as his next of kin his Mother Mary Marsh of Yacht Terrace High Street, Northop.
We see from the newspaper cutting below that he appealed against the date he was first given and was granted a month’s extension to get his affairs in order. He was allocated to the Army Reserve until May 1916 when he was placed in The Royal Gun Artillery. He was mobilised on the 8th May 1916 and posted as part of the British Expeditionary Force in France two days later.
The records tell us that he received a gunshot wound to his right hand on the 15th May 1917 but he returned to duties fairly quickly. He was seriously wounded again on the 16th August 1917 and was evacuated to No 5 General Hospital in Rouen where he died of his wounds on the 2nd September 1917.
The Army sent his personal possessions to his mother These included 2 discs, letters, photos, pipe, 2 cigarette cases, a wallet and a knife.
The UK Army Register of Effects in which the moneys owed to deceased soldiers was calculated includes an entry for Edgar Arthur Marsh. It tells us that his Mother Mary received a total of £10 .. 15sh .. 9d in two separate payments. This source also confirms that he died in 5 General Hospital Rouen.
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