When I was doing my research on the Deeside Soldiers, I was looking in the Hawarden Parish Magazine and noticed an“Obituary” under the St. Barthomew’s Church news, naming Edwin as having been killed at the “Front.” To my knowledge he is not remembered on any local War Memorial, so feel he must be remembered somewhere.
Edwin first appears on any census in 1901 when he was age 6 and a Scholar, he had been named after his paternal grandfather Edwin Shaw Marsh. He was living with his family at Sunny Rise or Ave., Madeley, Shropshire. Head of the household was Edwin’s father Charles Marsh, 44 and a Shepherd on a farm, born in Rushbury,Salop, his mother Emma, also 44 had been born in Cressage, Salop. Edwin had 4 brothers, Charles, 12, a scholar had been born in Church Preen, Salop, the other brother, William, 10, Harry, 8 and Frank, 5, all scholars, all the other children had been born in Kenley, Salop including Edwin.
By the 1911 census the whole family had moved to The Smithy, Sealand, Nr. Chester, Father Charles was now a Bootmaker Trader working from home, this census he said he had been born in Church Stretton, Salop, Emma, 54, tells us that this census she had been born in Church Preen, Salop. They had been married 29 years and 14 children had been born to them, sadly 5 died. Eldest son Charlie, single, 21 and a Bootmaker at home and born in Kenley, Salop as had all the other children. William, single, 20 and an Ironworker, Sheet Steel Roller, as was Harry, single and 18. Edwin, 16 was a Railway Porter and Frank, 15 was a Boat Yard Labourer..
Edwin Marsh in the UK, Soldiers Died in the Great War, 1914-1919confirms his birthplace as Kenley, Salop and his residence in Sealand, Nr. Chester. It also confirms his regimental details and that he died of wounds.
I cannot find a Flintshire WW1 Index Card for him.
I cannot find any other Army Records, other than what is above, they may have been among the “Burnt” papers that were destroyed by the bombings in WW2.
Any help to tell Edwin’s story would be most appreciated.